Produced by Quincey Tickner

Protesters rioted and burned ballot boxes in several southern Mexican states in an attempt to disrupt Mexico’s election this weekend.

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The Mexican government called in 40,000 members of security forces to stop the rioting and ensure the elections would take place smoothly on Sunday.

The protests this weekend were sparked by a coalition of radical teachers’ unions and activists trying to block the vote because of the continued internal strife and gang violence that has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the last eight years.

Despite the protests, 99 percent of polling stations remained open according to election authorities.As some protesters burned ballot they were faced with backlash by local voters that started throwing rocks at the demonstrators. There were no reports of injuries, however 88 protesters were arrested.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong called the election the “most watched-over” vote in Mexican history.