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Protesters mark 28 months since disappearance of 43 students in Mexico

27 January 2017 12:53


Mexican demonstrators have staged a march in downtown Mexico City to mark 28 months since the disappearance and likely murder of 43 students in the country.

Protesters included farmers, the relatives of the missing students, and current students, media reported on Thursday.

The demonstrators carried placards and banners displaying the missing students’ portraits.

The demonstrators marched in the center of the Mexican capital and ended the rally outside the National Palace, where they flew kites also with the students’ portraits.

The 43 students, studying in Mexico’s southwestern Guerrero State at the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in the city of Ayotzinapa, went missing on September 26, 2014 after corrupt police officers allegedly arrested them on their way to attend a demonstration in the southwestern city of Iguala.

This file photo shows the relatives and friends of 43 missing students demonstrating in demand of justice in Mexico City, January 26, 2017. (By AFP)

An independent investigation released in December 2014 also alleged that the officers, linked to criminals, had handed the students over to local gang members, who then killed them.

The government has so far failed to determine the fate of the missing students.

Rights groups have slammed the Mexican government for its mishandling of the incident, describing it as a “stain” on its human rights record.

The Mexican government has displayed a “reckless approach to human rights,” Amnesty International said in a statement released in September last year.

The allegations of police complicity in the incident have led to mass protests throughout the country.

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