A group of protesters set fire to the wooden door of Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto’s ceremonial palace in Mexico City’s historic city centre late on Saturday November 8th, denouncing the apparent massacre of the 43 sutdents from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.
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 cartel members.
Police put out the flames and enforced fencing designed to keep the protesters away from the National Palace, which was built for Hernan Cortes after the Spanish conquest and now houses Mexico’s finance ministry.
The wooden door of Palacio Nacional is National Patrimony, as it was handcarved and installed in the XVIII Century.
Peña Nieto lives in the presidential residence of “Los Pinos” across town, and was not in the palace at the time.
Tens of thousands of people in recent weeks 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, in the Capital City of Chilpabncingo, on Saturday as classmates of the missing students set fire to vehicles.
The unrest has been fuelled by comments made by the attorney general Jesus Murillo at a press conference on Friday November 7th, to announce that the charred remains of bodies believed to be those of the students had been found.
After speaking to the media for a hour, Murillo Karam said “ya me canse”, an expression in Spanish meaning “I’ve had enough” or “I’m tired”, and walked away. Mexicans have seized on the comments on social media and are using the remarks as a rallying cry, saying they have had “enough of fear”.
The case is the toughest challenge yet to face Peña Nieto, who took office two years ago vowing to restore order in Mexico, where about 100,000 people have died in violence linked to organized crime since 2007.
At least two people were injured in Saturday night’s protest, local television reported. Riot police cleared the square before midnight and an ambulance was assisting the injured people.
This attempt of storming the National Palace came as the climax of Saturday’s mass rally which was inspired by Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam’s revelation Friday that three Guerreros Unidos gang members in custody had confessed to killing the students and incinerating their bodies, and had claimed that the young men were handed over to them by the police.
Source: The Guardian / Yahoo News /
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