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Mexican protesters back down as federal troops arrive

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Mexican protesters back down as federal troops arrive


Protesters in the Mexican city of Oaxaca have decided to stop their street blockade, two days after the deaths of three people, including an American journalist. Outgoing President Vicente Fox sent federal forces into the city to stop the conflict on Saturday. Teachers went on strike in May to demand better pay and conditions. They were joined by left-wing activists calling for the resignation of Ulises Ruiz, the governor of the southern Mexican state.

The protestors accuse him of corruption and repressive tactics against opponents. Over the last five months up to ten people have been killed in clashes between state police and demonstrators, although the President has, until now, opted not to use federal troops.

Tension escalated on Friday when three people were shot dead in street riots, including a New York cameraman. The coffins of the two others, a photographer and a teacher from Oaxaca, were carried through the streets on Saturday. The teachers voted earlier this week to return to work. Activists and students initially announced they would defy the federal police sent in by the President, but have now decided to revert to more peaceful tactics to oust governor Ruiz.

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