Thursday, October 16, 2014

México: Protesters Turn Violent in Capital Over 43 Missing Students in Guerreo

According to The Latin American Tribune, Mexican students wearing masks hurled objects at the headquarters of the federal Attorney General’s office in Mexico City in a protest against the disappearance of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero.

The protesters, most of them from the National Autonomous University of México, began a march at the campus which ended late Wednesday (October 15) in front of the Attorney General’s office, where they held a rally.

The protest turned violent when the students hurled blankets on fire, sticks, stones and other objects at the building, breaking glass on the facade.

The students carried banners with slogans like “they took them alive, we want them back alive,” and had placed the pictures of the missing students on blankets.

COMMENT: My instinct tells me that the 43 missing students will never be found alive, largely because even President Enrique Peña Nieto controls very, very little which occurs within his own government.

Potentially, if the 43 missing students are not found alive, the Mexican government has not even begun to see the political unrest that could eventually emerge.

The 43 students of a teachers training college went missing on September 26 after municipal police in Iguala, a city in the southern state of Guerrero, fired shots at a group of students who had commandeered a bus, in a night of violence that left six dead, including three of the youths. Twenty-five others were wounded.

The missing students were last seen being forced into police vans.

Federal prosecutors took over the investigation two weeks ago, but the students have yet to be found.

Twenty-eight bodies found recently in five clandestine graves near Iguala were not those of any of the missing students, the Attorney General’s office said.

It also said members of criminal groups were involved in the disappearances and announced the arrest of more than 50 people, including several police agents and alleged members of the Guerreros Unidos gang.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday said new lines of investigation have been opened and he hoped that it would help find the missing students.


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