Mexico fears of Violence

From ABC News, by E. Eduardo Castillo and Maria Verza -Associated Press, June 7th 2015

Protesters burned ballot boxes in several restive states of southern Mexicoon Sunday in an attempt to disrupt elections seen as a litmus test for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government, while officials said the vote was proceeding satisfactorily despite “isolated incidents.”

Thousands of soldiers and federal police were guarding polling stations where violence and calls for boycotts threatened to mar elections for 500 seats in the lower house of Congress, nine of 31 governorships and hundreds of mayors and local officials.

Midterm elections usually draw light turnout, but attention was unusually high this time as a loose coalition of radical teachers’ unions and activists vowed to block the vote.

They attacked the offices of political parties in Chiapas and Guerrero states and burned ballots in Oaxaca ahead of the vote.

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