Thousands chant 'Viva Mexico!' to mark independence

STORY: Lopez Obrador presided over the 'Grito de Independencia,' or 'Cry of Independence' in English, from the balcony of the National Palace in the centre of Mexico City on Thursday.

Mexico's Independence Day commemorates the call to arms by rebel priest Miguel Hidalgo on Sept. 16, 1810, at the start of the country's war of independence from Spain.

"Viva Mexico!" is a current-day twist on rebel priest Miguel Hidalgo's original call to arms against the Spanish colonialists more than 210 years ago.

Mexicans eventually achieved their independence from Spain in 1821.