Anger and frustration over the missing 43 students erupted into violence on Saturday as masked protesters set fire to the door of the National Palace in Mexico City’s main square.
Tens of thousands of ordinary Mexicans have taken to the streets across the country in the past month, demanding justice for the 43 students who were abducted on 26 September by corrupt police in league with a criminal gang.
The violence broke out after a small group broke away from thousands of protesters who had marched through the city calling for President Enrique Pena Nieto to resign.
There were cheers as the blaze erupted at the door of the National Palace, the symbolic seat of Mexico’s government, but most of the crowd dispersed as armed police appeared on the rooftop. The fire was quickly extinguished, but it is the most direct assault on a government building by civilians in generations. Two people were injured.
In Chilpancingo, capital of the southern state of Guerrero where the students were abducted, angry protesters attacked government buildings and set vehicles ablaze.
The weekend’s impromptu protests came after the attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, announced on Friday that three members of Guerrero Unidos gang had confessed to killing, burning and burying the students in a rubbish dump on the night they were abducted… see more
source: Independent UK