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Mexicans Celebrate Independence in Dolores Hidalgo


Mexico, in a break from tradition, is celebrating its Independence Day Saturday in the historic city of Dolores Hidalgo.

President Vicente Fox decided Thursday to move the annual Independence Day celebrations from Mexico City to Dolores Hidalgo because of protests in the capital.

Supporters of former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blockaded the streets of Mexico City for nearly seven weeks to protest what they say was massive fraud in the July second presidential election. The blockades ended on Friday, but Lopez Obrador promised to hold a political rally Saturday.

Mexico's top electoral court officially declared conservative Felipe Calderon the winner of the presidential election by a narrow margin. Calderon was the candidate of the ruling party. He will be inaugurated on December 1.

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