Thousands join Mexico rally


CHILPANCINGO, Mexico: Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Mexico on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to demand justice for 43 students feared to have been massacred by drug-gang hitmen working in cahoots with corrupt police. Demonstrators wielding sticks, pipes and riot shields stolen from police marched through Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, the crime-plagued state where the students vanished in September. “This is a social fight, they say we’re violent but it’s how we have to respond to the murders, kidnap-pings and collusion with organized crime that goes unpunished,” said one teacher, his face hidden by sunglasses and a banda-na emblazoned with a skull. The protesters carried images of the missing male students, who authorities say were abducted by police and handed over to a drug cartel before being murdered and set alight— a claim contested by the victims’ families.



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