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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:24 AM
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Mexico sends troops to violent Oaxaca
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By REBECA ROMERO, Associated Press Writer 36 minutes ago

OAXACA, Mexico - President
Vicente Fox announced Saturday he was sending federal police into the violence-wracked southern state capital of Oaxaca after a U.S. journalist and two Mexican men were shot to death. The clashes occurred Friday as leftist protesters barricaded streets as part of a five-month-old campaign to oust the governor.


Fox's office issued a declaration saying that the federal forces would concentrate in Oaxaca on Saturday. His office later clarified that he was referring to federal police, not troops, but did not specify how many were being sent.

The president earlier had refused to send such forces to the city, insisting that the dispute should be resolve through negotiations. The conflict has been one of the biggest challenges for Fox, whose six-year term ends Dec 1.

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However, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza said the armed group may have been police. The Mexico City newspaper El Universal on Saturday published photos identifying some of the men firing at protesters as local officials.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/m...
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