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Protesters torch town hall over missing Mexican students

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:21

Protesters set fire to Iguala's town hall, after Mexican investigators name the mayor and his wife as suspects in the disappearance of 43 students. Yiming Woo reports.

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Protesters break into a town hall building in Iguala, angry over the fate of 43 students who went missing last month. Mexican authorities suspect the mayor and his wife to be behind the disappearances and have ordered their arrest. Investigators say the wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, has links with the notorious Guerreros Unidos gang, and the couple have go into hiding. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICO ATTORNEY GENERAL JESUS MURILLO KARAM, SAYING: "From the statements obtained, the investigations undertaken and the expert analysis done, what happened in Iguala on the 26th of September constitutes a violent repression by the Iguala and Cocula police directed by the criminal group, which has already been well established, with the intention to dissuade a group of people from attending a celebration event for the mayor and his wife that night in Iguala for the second (annual) report." Thousands of protesters have been demanding justice and for the teachers-in-training to be found. So far, 52 people have been arrested -- including dozens of police suspected to be working with Guerreros Unidos. The case has sent shockwaves across Mexico and undermined President Enrique Pena Nieto's claims that Mexico is getting safer under his watch.

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Protesters torch town hall over missing Mexican students

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:21