Protesting Along the
Mexico's Lopez Obrador calls on his supporters to set up camps on the capital's busy boulevard until a recount is ordered.
By Sam Enriquez
The Los Angeles Times
Monday 31 July 2006
Mexico City - Runner-up presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called on hundreds of thousands of supporters at a rally Sunday to set up encampments in the central square and along miles of the capital's most famous boulevard until a federal tribunal orders a recount of the July 2 election.
The popular leftist alleges that a conspiracy of government and big business steered the election to conservative Felipe Calderon, the unofficial winner by a margin of less than a percentage point.
"From the beginning we had signs of our victory and now, 28 days after the election, we have the certainty," said Lopez Obrador, standing in front of a two-story-high banner with the slogan of his campaign to force a recount: Vote by vote.
"Without a doubt," he said to cheers, "we have won the presidency."