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A Mexican populist rises to face Trump's America

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (center), president of the left-wing political party National Regeneration Movement, arrives for an event in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017. Photo: Dania Maxwell.

LOS ANGELES - Abel Flores, a 45-year-old day laborer, left central Mexico three decades ago and has not voted regularly in its elections. And yet, as the sun was setting on a recent evening, he was jammed with hundreds of Mexican Americans into a tree-shaded Los Angeles plaza to cheer on a rabble-rousing politician who could take Mexico in a very different direction.

"I don't normally do this kind of thing," Flores said, referring to the rally for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, widely known as AMLO. But the day laborer felt Mexico was threatened by President Trump, who has vowed to build a border wall and renegotiate the historic free-trade agreement with the United States...

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