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Protesters in Mexico's Oaxaca City Surrender Final Outpost


Protesters in the southern Mexico's Oaxaca City have surrendered control of a university radio station, ending a six-month protest that turned violent and deadly.

Members of Oaxaca People's Assembly turned control of the radio station back to university officials on Wednesday. They had used the station to coordinate street protests during the unrest.

The crisis in Oaxaca state began in May when teachers walked off the job demanding better pay and school funding. The demonstrations turned violent when protesters critical of Governor Ulises Ruiz joined the cause. They accused Ruiz of violence and corruption and demanded his resignation.

Federal police seized control of Oaxaca City in late October. At least nine people were killed in the violence, including a U.S. journalist.

Protesters staged another violent demonstration in Oaxaca City last Saturday, using gasoline bombs and fireworks to set fire to several government buildings. Authorities say 43 people were injured and at least 150 people were arrested.

The protests has economically paralyzed Oaxaca City, whose colonial architecture has made it a tourist attraction.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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