MEXICO: Codes & Celebrations

Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain started about 1810 with the quickly suppressed outbreak of the patriotic priest Hidalgo. It lasted until Mexico's first President Guadalupe Victoria (real name: Miguel Antonio Fernandez y Felix) was inaugurated in 1824. Every republic must have an Independence Day. Last week Mexico celebrated her 121st, choosing that September day, the 16th in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo issued his Grlto de Dolores ("Cry from Dolores''). In Mexico City President Pascual Ortiz Rubio solemnly rang the Liberty Bell, reviewed 15,000 troops at Valbuena Airport and gave a dinner...

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