‘It was the STATE!’ Students torch Mexico City Palace in protest of massacre ordered by mayor

Late Saturday night protesters briefly lit on fire the door to the presidential palace in Mexico City. They were protesting a national scandal in Mexico where a mayor is accused of hiring a gang to massacre 43 students.

Here are pictures of the protest from social media:

From Reuters:

Mexico’s government said on Friday evidence suggests that 43 missing trainee teachers were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in southwest Mexico, based on the confessions of three detained gang members.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo said the detainees, caught a week ago, admitted setting fire to a group of bodies in a dump near Iguala in the state of Guerrero, where the students went missing on Sept. 26 after clashing with police.

Then, the perpetrators set about removing all the evidence, Murillo told a news conference, showing taped confessions of the detained, photographs of where remains were found and video re-enactments of how the bodies were moved.

“They didn’t just burn the bodies with their clothes, they also burned the clothes of those who participated,” Murillo said. “They tried to erase every possible trace.”

The government says police working with a local drug gang abducted the students after the clashes. The kidnapping triggered mass protests in much of the country and seriously undermined President Enrique Pena Nieto’s claims that Mexico has become safer on his watch.

Social media reports that people are chanting, “fue el estado,” which translates to “it was the state,” pointing to the culpability of the mayor in the death of the 43 students.

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