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Anarchy Reigns in Mexico Over Missing Students

Anarchy Reigns in Mexico Over Missing Students

MCALLEN, Texas — Mexico’s Guerrero state continues to descend into anarchy as protesters continue their daily revolts demanding the whereabouts of 43 students who were kidnapped by police.

In the most recent turn of events, protesters torched furniture, vehicles and other items in various government buildings including the governor’s offices despite police efforts to restore the peace, various Mexican media outlets have reported.

The protests have included the invasion of government buildings, the blocking of streets, verbal and at times physical confrontations with police and even the blockading of the highway that connects Mexico City with the resort city of Acapulco.

All of the demonstrations have been aimed at getting answers as to the fate or whereabouts of the 43 education students from the rural town of Iguala who were kidnapped by police officers and have gone missing since earlier this month. 

The students had taken part in a protest where police officers opened fire at them injuring dozens and killing six. Shortly after, the students were arrested and never heard from again, according to information previously released by authorities.

Since the disappearance, 22 police officers have been arrested while authorities continue to look for Iguala’s mayor and police chief who have been linked to drug cartels and are believed to have been behind the disappearances. Since the incident, Mexico’s Federal Police and the military have taken over police duties in rural Guerrero.

Last week, Guerrero State Police and Mexican Federal authorities came across a series of clandestine graves which raised the hopes of the locals but forensic evidence proved that the bodies were not those of the students, federal officials said over the weekend.

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