Lopez Obrador Urges Civil Resistance in Mexico
Lopez Obrador Urges Civil
Mexican runner-up summons support for vote-by-vote recount at massive rally.
By Manuel Roig-Franzia
The Washington Post
Monday 17 July 2006
Mexico City - Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the runner-up in Mexico's presidential election, called on a massive crowd Sunday to commit acts of "peaceful civil resistance" to force a vote-by-vote recount.
López Obrador's exhortation significantly intensified his efforts to use public pressure to reverse his apparent half-percentage-point loss to Felipe Calderón, a free-trade booster.
The rally in Mexico City's downtown square, the Zocalo, was the latest and largest flash point in a two-week electoral crisis expected to last two months while a special elections court hears López Obrador's fraud allegations and decides whether to conduct a recount.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters poured into the Zocalo, chanting: "You are not alone." Some walked for six days or took long bus rides to attend the rally after López Obrador called for a nationwide march on the capital.
Mexico City police estimated the crowd at 1.1 million.