Independence Day celebrations pass without incident

Mexico celebrated the 199th anniversary of Independence on September 15 and 16 under tight security and without incident. Last year’s celebrations were marred by a grenade attack by the La Familia cartel in the main plaza of Morelia that killed 8 persons. In Mexico City, President Calderón had the Zocalo to himself in giving the Cry of Independence. In the last two years, the PRD staged counter-celebrations in the main square; this year, the PRD moved its event out of the historic center to the Monument to Benito Juárez. (Reforma 9/16)

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