Mexican Cop Set on Fire after Peaceful Protest Turns Violent

A police officer tries to fight the flames surrounding him after protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails and spraying gasoline at police in Mexico City.

What started off as a peaceful protest by the relatives of 43 education students who were kidnapped by police in Mexico and likely murdered by drug cartels turned into a violent confrontation. Protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails at law enforcement causing one police officer to catch on fire.

The protest took place earlier this week in Mexico City where the parents of 43 students from the rural town of Ayotzinapa gathered to protest the 8-month anniversary of the kidnapping and to denounce the official version given by authorities which they believe to be false, Mexico’s SinEmbargo.Mx reported.

More than 500 police officers had been sent out to keep an eye on the approximately 150 protesters. The protest had been uneventful and gone without a hitch until the end when a group of hooded protesters knocked down various political signs and propaganda. They then set fire to the signs, reported.

As the group was leaving police officers approached with a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Some of the protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails at the feet of police officers.

The hooded protesters then began throwing rocks and other objects at police as a melee ensued; however, the fight took a dramatic turn when they sprayed gasoline and set one police officer on fire, SinEmbargo.Mx reported.

Authorities arrested three protesters and treated the police officer who appears to have sustained minor injuries.

Breitbart Texas previously spoke with the relatives of two of the education students from Aytozinapa who stated that they will not stop protesting and will not stop fighting until their loved ones are returned safe or they are able to find their remains.

As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, Mexico’s government claims that the 43 students were kidnapped by police and then turned over to a drug cartel known as Guerreros Unidos. Cartel members then murdered the students and set their bodies on fire in an open pit at a local landfill. The government later claimed that remains were in trash bags and dumped in a local river.

That explanation has since been disputed by various forensic experts including a prestigious group from Argentina who had initially been recruited by the government to vet the investigation and since refuted their claims, Breitbart Texas previously reported.

Follow Ildefonso Ortiz on Twitter and on Facebook.