55,000 at­tend Grito cer­e­mony.

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Baja Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Francisco Vega held Fri­day night the Grito de In­de­pen­den­cia cer­e­mony (Cry for In­de­pen­dence in English) that recre­ates the call for in­de­pen­dence of the then New Spain by Fa­ther Miguel Hi­dalgo 207 years ago.

From the bal­cony of the State Ex­ec­u­tive Build­ing, Gov. Vega called the more than 55,000 people present at the Civic Cen­ter Square to re­mem­ber the Fathers of the Coun­try that had tra­di­tion­ally in­cluded Catholic priests Hi­dalgo and Jose Maria More­los, among oth­ers.

“Viva Mex­ico,” said Gov. Vega thrice, which the pub­lic re­sponded ac­cord­ingly. The cer­e­mony then pro­gressed with singing the Na­tional An­them.

Mem­bers of the Mex­i­cali Re­siste move­ment yelled against Gov. Vega. State of­fi­cers at­tempted hours be­fore to iso­late pro­tes­tors, but to no avail.

The event closed with a con­cert from Mex­i­can singer Ra­mon Ayala that the state has pro­moted on Face­book for weeks.

On Satur­day morn­ing, a Mil­i­tary Pa­rade was held at the Civic Cen­ter to cel­e­brate the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence.

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