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Mexican protests turn violent

Aug. 15, 2006 at 10:16 AM   |   Comments

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Protests in Mexican City over presidential election results have turned violent with dozens of injuries, El Universal newspaper reported Tuesday.

More than 30 people were injured during a melee Monday between protesters and police who fired tear gas into the crowd.

Leading the demonstrations over the last few weeks was losing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost by 240,000 votes to Felipe Calderon. A partial recount has indicated little change in the overall figure

The leftist Lopez Obrador maintains that the election was stolen by the center-right Calderon, who hails from the same party as current President Vicente Fox.

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