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Party Supporters Block International Bridge

January 28, 1985

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) _ About 3,000 members of the National Action Party blocked the international bridge to Eagle Pass, Texas, Sunday night, a party leader said.

Francisco Quiros said in a phone interview that the action was taken to protest the Coahuila state government’s refusal to recognize the victory of the opposition party, known by its Spanish initials of PAN, in recent mayoral elections.

Members of the centrist party burned down the municipal building the last weekend of December, claiming the government’s Institutional Revolutionary Party had engaged in election fraud. At least one person was killed and dozens injured in the riot.

Quiros said the protestors Sunday marched through town for a mile, and held a rally in front of the burned shell of the municipal building.

He said the party planned to block access to the international bridge for about four hours Sunay night, but was threatening to block streets ″for an indefinite time″ to pressure Governor Jose de la Fuente Rodriguez into recognizing the PAN’s victory.

Official election results gave Carlos Juaristi Septien of the Institutional Revolutionary Party a slim victory, but the PAN claims its figures show a 400- vote margin of victory for their candidate, Eleazar Cobos.

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