Jun 11, 2012

Thousands march in Mexico before presidential-election debate

In Mexico City, 90,000 people protested the return of the former ruling political party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), before the final official presidential debate. Sunday, June 10th was also the anniversary of the deaths of students in a leftist political demonstration in 1971.
Associated Press: MEXICO CITY — Tens of thousands of young demonstrators clogged Mexico City streets Sunday to protest the possible return to power of the country's long-ruling party, marching just hours before the party's front-running candidate squared off with his rivals in the final official presidential debate. 
Enrique Pena Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled for 71 years with a combination of iron fist and corruption before being voted out in 2000, has a double-digit lead in most polls. 
The rhetoric is heating up in the final weeks before the July 1 vote as Mexico contemplates the return of the PRI under Pena Nieto or continuing to support the current ruling National Action Party (PAN) or switch to the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD). Read more

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