CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (AFP) – Protesters fu-ming over the disappearance of 43 college students set fire to a southern Mexico state congress on Wednesday in another day of angry demonstrations over the presumed massacre.
Some 500 masked students and radical teachers broke into the empty Guerrero state legislature, igniting fires in the library and the chamber where local lawmakers hold sessions.
Moments earlier, protesters torched the education department’s audit office in another part of the state capital Chilpancingo.
Violent protests have erupted in Mexico since authorities said Friday that Guerrero gang hit-men confessed to murdering the students and incinerating their bodies after corrupt police handed them over in September.
The case has shaken President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration, turning attention away from his internationally acclaimed economic re-forms and undermining his assurances that his security strategy to combat years of drug violence was bearing fruit.
Pena Nieto travelled to China for summits this week, brushing aside critics who said he should have stayed home to deal with the growing un-rest.
Protesters set fire to the regional headquar-ters of his ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Chilpancingo on Tuesday, one day after blocking access to Acapulco’s airport for several hours.