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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mexico Targets Poverty

MEXICO CITY () -- Pledging to fight guerrilla violence, Mexico's president used his state-of-the-nation address to announce new social programs to ease the poverty that has sparked widespread dissent.

"Mexico is and will be united to prevent terrorism from threatening the rights of all,'' Ernesto Zedillo said Sunday to a standing ovation from Congress. "We must not take an ambiguous posture against violence.''

Zedillo's second state-of-the-nation speech followed uprisings last week by the Marxist rebel Popular Revolutionary Army, or EPR.

Security was tighter than usual, with a reported 16,000 police officers and soldiers deployed around the San Lazaro Legislative Palace in eastern Mexico City.

As he spoke, troops searched hills in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero for EPR fighters, whose coordinated actions have left at least 16 people dead.