Yucatan: Merida starts to release anti-Bush protesters

Eleven anti-Bush protetsers in the Yucatan city of Merida were released on bail of up to 20,000 pesos ($2,000) May 8. They had been arrested on charges of damaging the Municipal Palace and other violations during protests against George Bush’s visit to the city on his Latin America tour March 13. The “altermundalistas” (other-worldists), as they have been dubbed by the Mexican press, signed a document dropping charges that they were tortured and maltreated before the Yucatan State Human Rights Commission as a condition of their release. Eight remain behind bars. (Diario de Yucatan, May 9; La Jornada, May 8)

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