Mexico is staggering down the road to the July election
i haven't been doing a very good job staying abreast of the run-up to mexico's july presidential election until this caught my eye, none of it good... items from the story...
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- A poll published Friday in Excelsior newspaper found 50 percent of respondents feared the government was on the brink of losing control.
- In April, suspected drug lords posted the heads of two police officers on a wall outside a government building where four drug traffickers died in a Jan. 27 shootout with officers in the Pacific resort of Acapulco.
- [A] radical group of townspeople kidnapped and beat six policemen in a dispute over unlicensed flower vendors. Police responded with rage the next day. Television crews captured officers repeatedly beating unarmed protesters, and several detained women alleged officers raped them.
- The clash followed another bloody battle between steelworkers and police trying to break up an illegal strike at a plant in Lazaro Cardenas last month. Unions later threatened to shut down the country.
- George Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary, said the violence reflects Fox's lack of leadership. "The state has become much weaker under his watch," Grayson said.
- Gerardo Aranda, a tourism guide in Mexico City, said [...] "No one really knows now what could happen next. All the candidates are bad. ... There is so much anger toward the government, everyone is against everything."