Friday 6 December 2019

Palace set alight in massacre protest in Mexico City

A group of protesters set fire to the wooden door of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's ceremonial palace, during a protest denouncing the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers, in the historic center of Mexico City late November 8, 2014.The group, carrying torches, broke away from what had been a mostly peaceful protest demanding justice for the students, who were abducted six weeks ago and apparently murdered and incinerated by corrupt police in league with drug gang members (REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)
A group of protesters set fire to the wooden door of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's ceremonial palace, during a protest denouncing the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers, in the historic center of Mexico City late November 8, 2014.The group, carrying torches, broke away from what had been a mostly peaceful protest demanding justice for the students, who were abducted six weeks ago and apparently murdered and incinerated by corrupt police in league with drug gang members (REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)
A group of protesters set fire to the wooden door of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's ceremonial palace, during a protest denouncing the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers, in the historic center of Mexico City late November 8, 2014.The group, carrying torches, broke away from what had been a mostly peaceful protest demanding justice for the students, who were abducted six weeks ago and apparently murdered and incinerated by corrupt police in league with drug gang members (REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)
Firefighters extinguish fire on a car after a protest in support of the missing students of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College. Attorney General Jesus Murillo said three detainees, caught a week ago, admitted setting fire to a group of bodies in a dump near Iguala in the state of Guerrero, where the trainee teachers went missing on September 26 after clashing with local police (REUTERS/Daniel Becerril)
A student teacher walks next a burning vehicle during a protest in support of the missing students of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos outside the government palace of Guerrero state in Chilpacingo. Attorney General Jesus Murillo said three detainees, caught a week ago, admitted setting fire to a group of bodies in a dump near Iguala in the state of Guerrero, where the trainee teachers went missing on September 26 after clashing with local police (REUTERS/Daniel Becerril)
Student teachers burn a vehicle during a protest in support of the missing students of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos outside the government palace of Guerrero state in Chilpacingo . Forty-three missing students abducted by corrupt police in southwest Mexico six weeks ago were apparently incinerated by drug gang henchmen and their remains tipped in a garbage dump and a river (REUTERS/Daniel Becerril)

Anger and frustration over 43 students missing since September erupted into violence 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 September 26 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.

Irish Independent

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