Tens Of Thousands March In Mexico City To Protest Tortilla Prices

Mexico City (AP) -- There's an uproar in Mexico over tortilla prices.

Tens of thousands of trade unionists, farmers and leftists marched through Downtown Mexico City Wednesday to protest price increases for basic foods, including tortillas, the staple of Mexico's poor.

The marchers are angry about tortilla prices that have doubled over the last year to roughly 45 cents a pound.

Since taking office last month, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, a free-market supporter, has been criticized for failing to control the largest spike in tortilla prices in decades. He has signed an agreement with business groups to try to limit tortilla prices, but many independent tortilla sellers have ignored the deal, which is essentially a gentlemen's agreement with no legal backing.

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