Mexico: New protests after claims 43 students were executed

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Protesters in Mexico City on November 9 with the photos of all 43 missing students, who are now said to have been executed.

The protests over the 43 missing students in Iguala, who are now said to have been assassinated and burned, have continued in Mexico City.

Hundreds of Mexicans protested overnight on November 8 in Mexico capital. They expressed theri outrage in relation to statements given the day before by the head of the attorney-general's Office, Jesus Murillo Karam, who said the 43 students were executed and burned in Ayotzinapa.

The protesters, featuring children, youth and entire families, also demanded that President Enrique Pena Nieto suspend his trip to Australia and China and to face up to his responsibilities in Mexico.

During the demonstration, each one of the 43 student teachers was named, followed by a moment of silence was observed after which the protesters shouted, “we are all Ayotzinapa!” and “not one more!”

Some protesters set fire to the door of the National Palace, and spray painted “bring them back” on the building that holds the treasury. Protesters blasted a hole in the door and threw petrol on the fire, but it was immediately extinguished.

About 30 riot police clashed with the protesters and wounded two people, one of whom was rendered almost unconscious.

In recent weeks, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Mexico City and those of the southwestern state of Guerrero where the students were abducted to decry the government’s handling of the case in recent weeks.

There were more protests outside the Guerrero state government headquarters on November 8 as classmates of the missing students set fire to vehicles.

Despite the unrest, Pena Nieto plans left on November 9 to attend major summits in China and Australia.

[Reprinted from TeleSUR English.]

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