Kyle G. BROWN
He has done feature reports and documentaries for the BBC, NPR and CBC from Africa, Latin America and North America. In 2011, he joined France 24 where he reports and presents the Press Review.
Angry protesters in Tixtla blocked people from voting in the mid-term elections on Sunday. Guards attempting to protect polling stations were chased out of town.Local reports say that more than a dozen ballot boxes were taken or set alight. SOT soldier for us it's a triumph that in Tixla they haven't managed to hold elections. in the other towns, they've held elections, but in Tixla at least, it's a historic triumph. Ballot boxes were destroyed at several sites in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.7235LA (plus pix of voting in Mex city)Protesters unfurl a reminder of the 43 college students who went missing last September...Part of the anger at authorities failure to find them or protect the people. EBU-2015_3026943But some communities were divided between protesters and those who want to vote. 11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) name not given, Tixtla resident:"This town is now defending its right to vote. The state and federal government are not doing anything to prevent these kind of problems."Violence has marred a series of mid-term elections under way across the country: for hundreds of mayors and local officials; in state legislatures, governorships, and above all, in the lower house of congress, where the governing PRI party hopes to maintain its majority. MEXICO CITY 7205LA16. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexican President:"The National Electoral Institute reports that today almost every polling station was able to open. The institute will provide information about the isolated incidents that might have happened in some areas of the country."President Enrique Pena Nieto says there were only a few violent incidents. But the turmoil has already claimed the lives of several candidates and at least a dozen campaign workers or activists.
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Mmusi Maimane cast his vote for the leadership of South Africa's Democratic alliance party on Sunday....shortly thereafter: the news was in: Maimane has become the first black leader of a traditionally white party. 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE LEADER, MMUSI MAIMANE, SAYING:We can transcend racial inequality, but this can only happen if every South African acknowledges the injustices of apartheid and can only happen if we all recognise that racial inequality of the past still remains with us today.Replacing 62 year-old Helen Zille, the young part-time pastor hopes to rebrand a party that has failed to appeal to the country's black majority or challenge the ruling African National Congress under Jacob Zuma. Many feel the 34 year old represents the party's best chance of breaking the ANC's two-decades long hold on power. Maimane speaks half a dozen languages and is a strong orator, but is criticised as lacking experience. He is up against the party machinery of the ANC - the party that has remained unchallenced since South Africa's first free elections in 1994. The DA party hopes to capitalize on widespread anger at high levels of crime and an unemployment rate that still stands at more than 24 per cent.
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