• Thousands march for 43 missing Mexican students

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    MEXICO CITY: Tens of thousands of people held protests in Mexico, joining tearful families of 43 missing students demanding their return amid fears a police-backed gang executed them.

    Crowds on Wednesday gathered from Mexico City to the violence-wracked state of Guerrero, where the students disappeared, and as far south as Chiapas.

    Parents of the victims traveled from Guerrero to head a march of thousands of people in Mexico City, tearfully holding up pictures of their sons, and signs reading “we want them back alive.”

    People watched from the sidewalk in tears, holding their fists up and chanting “you are not alone!”

    The young men disappeared on September 26 after municipal police officers working with a gang shot at buses seized by the aspiring teachers in the Guerrero city of Iguala and took several of them away in patrol cars.

    A mass grave containing 28 unidentified bodies was discovered on the outskirts of Iguala last weekend, in the same location where two hitmen from the Guerreros Unidos gang confessed to executing 17 students.

    AFP

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