Los Angeles Times

Mexico City

People gather in Mexico City's downtown Zocalo plaza to protest the government's decision to disband the state-run electricity company, Luz y Fuerza del Centro. Mexican President Felipe Calderon disbanded the provider, which supplies electricity to central Mexico, citing a budget hole that threatened service to 25 million consumers. Leaders of Mexico's 66,000-member Union of Electricians said they would fight the decision on constitutional grounds. The Federal Electricity Commission will now provide service to the capital and parts of four central states, according to Mexico's Energy Department. Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral appears at the center.Marco Ugarte / Associated Press