MEXICO CITY: Protesters angry at the apparent massacre of 43 students tried to break into Mexico City’s National Palace late on Saturday while others torched several trucks in the south of the country.
Thousands of people marched in the capital in the latest demonstration over a case that has repulsed the nation and triggered the biggest crisis of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration.
The violent protests came a day after authorities said suspected gang hitmen confessed to killing the 43 students and incinerating their bodies in the southern state of Guerrero.
A small group of protesters used metal barricades as battering rams in an attempt to break open the National Palace door.
They briefly set the door on fire and spray-painted the words “we want them back alive” on the 16th-century building.
Pena Nieto uses the palace for ceremonies but he lives in the Los Pinos residence in another part of the capital.
Protesters loudly counted from one to 43 and held candles during the evening march. Some chanted “Pena Nieto out!” and “the people don’t want you!”
Hours earlier in Guerrero’s capital Chilpancingo, more than 300 students threw rocks and firebombs at the regional government headquarters.
They also burned around 10 vehicles, including trucks and a federal police vehicle, and chanted “they took them alive, we want them back alive” outside the building, which was partially torched in a protest over the case last month.
Gang-linked police attacked busloads of students in the Guerrero city of Iguala on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing.
Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said on Friday that three Guerreros Unidos gang members confessed to receiving the students from the police before killing them.