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Mexico descends into chaos as protests turn violent over kidnapping of 43 missing students

November 22, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Enough! Thats what Thousands of angry demonstrators in Mexico City are saying about the latest act of violence plaguing the country.

Angry demonstrators marched on the National Palace and burning an effigy of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The massive protest largest show of anger and disgust over the government’s handling of 43 teacher trainees who were kidnapped and killed by a drug cartel acting at the orders of a corrupt mayor, his wife and local authorities, officials said.

Tens of thousands of torch-bearing demonstrators faced off Thursday night with riot police blocking entry to the National Palace in the capital’s main square, the Zocalo. T

Protesters burned a giant effigy depicting Nieto, Tossing Molotov cocktails and demanding  immediate action over the government’s handling of the Sept. 26 disappearance of the 43 college students in the southwest Mexican town of Iguala.

Both the mayor and his wife have been arrested and charged with six counts of murder in connection with mass abduction and massacre of the trainees. According to the prosecutor in Mexico City, the mayor’s wife demanded the students be arrested and “taught a lesson” for disrupting a speech she was scheduled to give.

The kidnapping and murder highlight a culture of violence and corruption that has plagued the country.

Members of the cartel admitted to executing the students and burning their bodies, while some were still alive. Their bodies have yet to be found.

The country has descended into chaos since the kidnapping of the missing students, setting off violent protests across the nation, while the president has stayed silent on the issue.

Among Thursday’s demonstrations were relatives of the students. “The state did it” read banners carried by many protesters.

“I’m here because I don’t want anything like that to happen to my daughter,” said 30-year-old house cleaner Alma Hernandez, who brought her 6-year-old girl.

“By coming with me, she knows that not everything in the world is rose-tinted, and that not everything the government tells you is true,” the mother said.

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