MEXICO CITY -- Violent protests preceded Saturday’s inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto as president of Mexico, and several people were reported injured.
Peña Nieto, a telegenic and politically savvy former state governor, was scheduled to be formally sworn in during a ceremony at the lower house of Congress later in the day.
Inside and outside the heavily guarded San Lazaro Palace that houses the lower chamber, protests broke out ahead of the ceremony.
One huge black banner hoisted by leftist congressmen declared "Mexico in mourning," alluding to the tens of thousands of people killed during the six-year administration of Felipe Calderon, whom Pena Nieto is replacing. Others complained about what they contend was an unfair election and the “imposition” of Peña Nieto.