MEXICO: Farmers free government hostages as airport standoff calms
Mexican farmers protesting government plans to expropriate their land to construct a big new international airport have freed all 19 hostages they had taken. The clash with riot police, which has lasted since last Thursday, is nearing a peaceful climax, Reuters reported. Farmer leaders said they would take down the roadblocks they had built on a major highway and other thoroughfares, and the government has called off hundreds of police officers.
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