Mass Protests in Mexico City Over Missing Students

Mass Protests in Mexico City Over Missing Students
Mass Protests in Mexico City Over Missing Students

Relatives of 43 missing Mexican students, who the authorities say were murdered by a drugs gang, have led mass protests in the capital.

The marches were largely peaceful but some protesters clashed with police near the presidential palace.

Convoys carrying the families arrived in Mexico City on Thursday after touring the country to rally support, the BBC reported.

Many remain unconvinced by the official explanation for the students’ disappearance and hope they are alive.

Masked protesters clashed with police near the airport hours before the three marches started.

Francisco Lagro, father of 19-year-old Magdaleno, one of those missing, was travelling on one of the caravans towards the capital on Thursday.

“It’s been almost two months without knowing where they are. We don’t know anything and we’re desperate,” he said.

“What are they doing? In what conditions? Do they get any water or food? Are they tied up? We have so many questions.”

Several hundred protesters gathered near the presidential palace, where police tried to push them back using water cannon. There are no reports of any injuries.

Demonstrators have also called for a nationwide strike. Protests also took place in other parts of Mexico and abroad.

The abduction has galvanised opposition to rampant political corruption and violence.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has accused some of the protesters of trying to “destabilize” the state.

Analysts say the issue is the biggest challenge he has faced in his two years of office.

The students, all trainee teachers, went missing after attending a protest in Iguala, Guerrero State.

Forensic tests are being carried out on bodies found in mass graves in the state.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and 27,000 have disappeared in Mexico in the last decade.