State Assembly Burns as Anger Over Mexico’s Missing Students Grows

Violence Flares Over Missing Mexican Students 0:32

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico — Demonstrators set fire to the local legislature building on Wednesday in the capital of Mexico's Guerrero state in protests over the apparent massacre of 43 students by corrupt police and thugs from drug gangs. Violent demonstrations rocked several other states, where protesters blocked an airport and damaged the local office of President Enrique Pena Nieto's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. In Guerrero's capital of Chilpancingo, members of a teachers union set fire to the session hall in the state assembly building while also torching several cars outside. No injuries were reported. Protesters also set a fire at administrative offices of the state's education department.

Anger has intensified in Mexico since Attorney General Jesus Murillo said last week that evidence suggests 43 missing trainee teachers were murdered by gangsters, incinerated in a bonfire at a garbage dump and their ashes thrown in a river.The students were abducted by corrupt police in September, Murillo said.


- Reuters