The protests in Mexico that started in September have escalated to what is perhaps their boiling point, as it has morphed into the largest gathering of frustrated locals so far. The once peaceful protest is rearing its ugly violent head, with clashes between the protesters and the police reported.
On Sept. 26, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher College went missing and it remains unclear why. It has been linked to the drug mafia and local gang wars that take place in Mexico, along with the tayor and his wife, and their police underlings.
While the mayor has been arrested, the protesters demand justice for the people whose lives continue to be affected by the drug war between gangs in their local settings. On Thursday, protesters attempted to move towards the airport, but were quenched by the authorities.
The protest is seen largely as a student protest. Prior to the night the protest gained momentum, it was reported by a student that police officials turned up at a university called Ciudad Universitaria, searching for an allegedly stolen cell phone. When university students refused to be photographed, the clashes that followed resulted in two injured students as well as an injured dog. All survived, albeit with bullet holes.
Later that night, a massive crowd of protesters gathered in the heart of Mexico City, the main square called El Zócalo, to further demonstrate their frustration with the government.
The people in Mexico feel President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was elected in 2012, has failed to live up to their expectations of curtailing the drug war. The peaceful protest turned violent when they were seen burning effigies of the president, and even made a murder victim dummy for the world to see:
The translated words inside the dummy say “a grave for the state.”
Eventually this led to clashes between the protesters and riot police.
As one female protester pointed out, “Many families are crying because they can't find their disappeared relatives, because they don't even have a body to mourn, there is no justice.” The 43 missing students are but a symbol of so many unfortunate incidents that people of Mexico have to live with under the weary eyes of a corrupt government.
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And they are not alone in their quest: