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Thousands in Mexico City Protest Rampant Kidnappings, Violence

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the capital Sunday in a protest against the rampant kidnappings and violent crime that have tarnished the image of North America’s biggest city. The protest attracted vast numbers of middle- and upper-class citizens who ordinarily stay in their walled homes. Wearing white clothes and carrying signs that read “Enough!” business leaders, professors, lawyers and others turned out to pressure officials to increase efforts to curb crime. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico City’s mayor and a leading presidential candidate in the already heated 2006 campaign, has accused his political opponents of organizing the march to embarrass him and exaggerate the crime problem. But many protesters interviewed said they were fed up with crime that had personally harmed them. Full Story

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