• Short Summary

    MEXICO: PIEDRAS NEGRAS

    AN ELECTION RIOT IN THE MEXICAN CITY OF PIEDRAS NEGRAS REPORTEDLY SAW POLICE FIRE ON ROCK-THROWING DEMONSTRATORS WHO BURNT DOWN THE CITY'S THREE-STORY TOWN HALL. 45 PEOPLE ARE SAID TO BE HOSPITALIZED - 22 WITH BULLET OR BUCKSHOT WOUNDS. THE MEXICAN ARMY HAS NOW TAKEN OVER THE AREA. DISTURBANCES ARE SAID TO HAVE STARTED AFTER SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES FOR THE TOWN'S MAYOR. A MEMBER OF THE RULING INSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTIONARY PARTY. SUPPORTERS OF A CANDIDATE FOR THE OPPOSITION NATIONAL ACTION PARTY CLAIM THE RESULTS WERE A FRAUD. WITNESSES SAY THE RIOT BEGAN WHEN A CROWD OF UP TO 4,000 DEMONSTRATORS THREW ROCKS AT OFFICIALS LEAVING THE SWEARING-IN. POLICE RESPONDED WITH TEAR GAS BOMBS BUT WERE DRIVEN BACK. A SECOND ATTACK SAW POLICE DRIVEN TO THE CITY GAOL, AS RIOTERS BURNT THE TOWN HALL. NEARBY BORDER CROSSINGS TO THE U.S. WERE CLOSED BRIEFLY UNTIL ARMY UNITS TOOK CONTROL.

    Source: NBC 1" VIDEOTAPE

  • Description

    CHANTING CROWD
    SIGN FOR RULING PARTY CANDIDATE
    CAMERA MOVES THROUGH CROWD
    PROTEST SIGNS
    POLITICAL POSTER ON GROUND
    TROOPS ARRIVING
    REMAINS OF BURNED OUT CITY HALL,
    INTERIOR OF BURNED OUT BUILDING
    BURNED CARS
    SOLDIERS GUARDING BURNT OUT CARS
    DAMAGED NEWSPAPER BUILDING (ZOCALO OFFICES - NEWSPAPER OWNED BY NEW MAYORS BROTHER)
    TROOPS
    SPECTATORS SPEAKING WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION
    BURNT OUT BUILDINGS
    STREET SCENES
    Initials


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    Background: MEXICO: PIEDRAS NEGRAS

    AN ELECTION RIOT IN THE MEXICAN CITY OF PIEDRAS NEGRAS REPORTEDLY SAW POLICE FIRE ON ROCK-THROWING DEMONSTRATORS WHO BURNT DOWN THE CITY'S THREE-STORY TOWN HALL. 45 PEOPLE ARE SAID TO BE HOSPITALIZED - 22 WITH BULLET OR BUCKSHOT WOUNDS. THE MEXICAN ARMY HAS NOW TAKEN OVER THE AREA. DISTURBANCES ARE SAID TO HAVE STARTED AFTER SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES FOR THE TOWN'S MAYOR. A MEMBER OF THE RULING INSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTIONARY PARTY. SUPPORTERS OF A CANDIDATE FOR THE OPPOSITION NATIONAL ACTION PARTY CLAIM THE RESULTS WERE A FRAUD. WITNESSES SAY THE RIOT BEGAN WHEN A CROWD OF UP TO 4,000 DEMONSTRATORS THREW ROCKS AT OFFICIALS LEAVING THE SWEARING-IN. POLICE RESPONDED WITH TEAR GAS BOMBS BUT WERE DRIVEN BACK. A SECOND ATTACK SAW POLICE DRIVEN TO THE CITY GAOL, AS RIOTERS BURNT THE TOWN HALL. NEARBY BORDER CROSSINGS TO THE U.S. WERE CLOSED BRIEFLY UNTIL ARMY UNITS TOOK CONTROL.

    Source: NBC 1" VIDEOTAPE

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7RIMBWL5MDC8OLPHQVKU50MGU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7RIMBWL5MDC8OLPHQVKU50MGU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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