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Mexico mayors vulnerable in drug war

Mexico City.
Mexico City.
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Mexico has seen its share of protest in recent months. For weeks, the capital was shut down by teachers speaking out against new education reforms. Now a mayor of a small town in the highlands of Mexico is holding a hunger strike in front of the Senate.

Ygnacio Lopez is asking for better resources from the federal government for mayors under threat by the ongoing drug wars. Dozens of mayors have already been killed or gone missing in recent years. Reporter Dudley Althaus of Global Post joins the show.