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Blasts shake Mexico's electoral tribunal, party HQ, bank
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Date : 2006-11-07 11:52:18                      Reader : 323
fully guaranteed. We hope Mexico nation all progress far away from violence and terror.


GoogleNews 7/11/2006

Blasts shake Mexico's electoral tribunal, party HQ, bank


Mexico City - At least three explosions shook Mexico City early Monday near buildings housing the country's electoral tribunal, the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) and a branch of Scotiabank.

The blasts occurred simultaneously in different parts of the capital and caused substantial material damage. Police said no one was hurt in the blasts.

A fourth explosion at a second branch of the bank was prevented, Mexico City's Minister of Public Safety Joel Ortega said.

Emergency services received two calls shortly after midnight claiming bombs would be detonated within minutes, he said.

The authorities said the bombs were homemade, but strong. Federal and local police forces will both take part in the investigation of the blasts.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but police did not rule out a possible connection with the ongoing unrest in the southern state of Oaxaca. In a conflict that has caused 11 deaths there, protestors have for five months demanded the resignation of Governor Ulises Ruiz, a PRI member.

The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), which has led the protests was however quick to condemn the attacks in the Mexican capital.

APPO leader Flavio Sosa said the group had 'nothing to do with the bombings' and insisted its fight 'is popular, peaceful and does not need actions of any other type.'

Ortega said surveillance has been increased in strategic locations, including the premises of the state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE), embassies and legislative office buildings.

Sources involved in the investigation told El Universal that the blast at the federal electoral tribunal was 'much more sophisticated' than past bombs that had been discovered and defused there.

PRI spokesman Carlos Flores Rico said a night watchman heard two explosions at the back of the building, in an attack that partially destroyed the party's auditorium.

Mexico City Mayor Alejandro Encinas, in turn, condemned the attacks as a provocation and said that 'they create a climate of uncertainty that at the current time threatens democratic life and peace in the country.'

Presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar stressed the importance of 'dialogue and politics' as means to overcome differences and rejected the attacks, as did Mexico's president-elect Felipe Calderon.

Mexico is currently in the middle of a wave of social unrest.

Federal police forces have been sent to the capital of the state of Oaxaca and have clashed with left-wing protestors that accuse Ruiz of corruption and electoral fraud.

Further, the losing candidate in the country's July 2 presidential election, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has refused to recognise the victory of conservative Calderon.

Calderon is set to be inaugurated as the country's president on December 1, but Lopez Obrador has scheduled his own ceremony to proclaim himself president for November 20.

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