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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Hundreds of restaurants in Mexico's capital reopened Monday, January 11th, in defiance of the city ban on non-essential activities meant to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases.

Restaurateurs in Mexico City warned that they faced a stark choice - flout the suspension order or risk going out of business.

"We're so desperate that we're opening, because if not - the option they gave us is death," said Giulliano Lopresti, owner of the Quebracho restaurant in the Cuauhtemoc district.

He said the move was not "an act of rebellion" but a cry for help . . .

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