MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Protesters angry at the presumed massacre of 43 students clashed with police outside Mexico’s National Palace on Thursday after a massive march demanding President Enrique Pena Nieto’s resignation.
The face-off marred a mostly peaceful rally of tens of thousands of black-clad people in the capital, where they waved blackened Mexican flags and chanted “Urgent! Urgent for the president to resign!”
Parents of the 43 male college students, who reject claims their sons are dead and demand the government find them safe and sound, led the latest nationwide demonstration to the historic palace.
“We won’t rest until we find the boys,” Felipe de la Cruz, father of a missing student, told the crowd after the parents arrived in the capital following a week-long bus protest tour of Mexico.
Some 30,000 people took part in the protest, according to the city government.
Some protesters burned an effigy of the president and threw powerful firecrackers at the fenced-off palace, which Pena Nieto only uses for ceremonies.
Hundreds of riot police sprayed water and fired tear gas at protesters. Some charged the officers, kicking at their shields. Other protesters shouted “No violence!” before the police swarmed and cleared the Zocalo square, where the palace lies.