CHILPANCINGO (dpa) – A mob of students and teachers in Mexico set fire to a local government building Monday, after demanding news of more than 43 students missing since last month, a report said.
Several hundred protesters had gathered outside the offices in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero state, for hours demanding information concerning 43 students aged 15 to 25 detained on September 26, the Reforma newspaper reported.
Also Monday, several more bodies were found in the region in mass graves, but any connection with the missing students was not clear, amid alleged links to a local organised crime gang.
The students were all attending the teacher training school of nearby Ayotzinapa, known for political activism.
They had taken the university’s buses without authorisation to travel to the state capital when the vehicles were stopped in the town of Iguala and many were taken away by police, witnesses said.
Initial investigations showed possible collusion between local authorities and local crime gangs, news reports said. Several mass graves have been found since the arrests, including six bodies confirmed to be some of the missing students.
Police were searching for the mayor of Iguala. They arrested his brother as a suspect last week.
Also Monday, outside Chilpancingo, police lightly wounded a German student when they opened fire at a van that failed to stop at a checkpoint.
He was returning from a beach trip to Acapulco with another German, two French students and six Mexicans attending the Monterrey Technological University, state officials said.