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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mexicans March for Mayor

MEXICO CITY -- A capital typically clogged with traffic was thronged Sunday by hundreds of thousands of people who marched into the main plaza to protest a government effort against Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that threatens to force him out of next year's presidential elections.

The police estimated that more than 1 million people participated in the march. Aides to the mayor estimated that there were 750,000 people. Several political observers described it as the biggest in the country's recent history.

After two weeks of heated political discourse, the march was not the first to denounce the government's campaign against the mayor. But it was a dramatic illustration of seemingly growing support for Lopez Obrador and disappointment in President Vicente Fox.

Rocio Jimenez Gonzalez, a 26-year-old lawyer, wore a banner urging Mexico to follow the example of Ecuador. "They got rid of their president," she said. "It's time for Mexico to do the same.

Fox did not comment on the demonstration on Sunday. His government was widely criticized after Congress voted April 7 to lift Lopez Obrador's immunity so he could stand trial in a minor land dispute. Under most interpretations of Mexican law, Lopez Obrador, of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, cannot run for office or be put on the ballot until after a trial, which could take more than a year.