How Mexico’s borderlands swung towards Leftist Lopez Obrador to seal his victory

The news broke as the sun set over the desert: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the veteran Leftist firebrand, had been elected president of Mexico. His opponents conceded defeat.

And then the shots rang out.

In the centre of Ciudad Juarez, a rough and ready industrial town which sprawls into El Paso, Texas, the police on Sunday evening were under attack. A convoy of at least 30 armoured police vehicles, balaclava-clad men with machine guns perched on top, raced through the city to return fire, sirens blaring and lights flashing.

In the end “only” two officers were hit, and both expected to survive. Rumours that the chief of police had been shot were proved false; the vote counters inside the municipal…

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