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Friday, August 18, 2006

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Police seal Congress building to prevent sit-in

MEXICO CITY -- Hundreds of Mexican riot police in black body armor sealed Congress on Tuesday after violent clashes with leftist protesters and legislators who say last month's presidential election was stolen.

Police blocked streets around the Congress building, closing the area to prevent the return of demonstrators who want to rebuild a tent city to protest what they say was election fraud.

With the imposing concrete building surrounded by police, no protesters went near Congress on Tuesday.

About 15 legislators from the left-wing party whose presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador narrowly lost the July 2 election, were among those hurt on Monday when police tore down tents in their partially built camp, tear gassed protesters and drove them back with clubs.

It was the first violence since the election protests began weeks ago. Police officials construct a metal barricade surrounding the Congress building Tuesday, one day after clashes with supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

http://www.mrnewsmx.com/fullStory.php?nid=25451

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