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Missing Mexican students' protest turns violent as families call for meet with Pena Nieto

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Missing Mexican students' protest turns violent as families call for meet with Pena Nieto

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A radical splinter teachers’ union has led protests in Guerrero state in Mexico which ended with some demonstrators vandalising and setting fire to the state education secretary’s offices.

The marchers were marking a month since 43 trainee teachers disappeared without trace. They are feared dead, and mass graves have been discovered of other suspected victims of alleged collusion between gangs, politicians and the police.

“We are concerned about the lines of investigation the authorities have opened. They will criminalise our schools and reduce the police’s serious acts to a mere criminal dispute,” said student Pedro Garcia from Ayotzinapa, the city where the students went missing.

The state governor has already stepped down, under fire from all sides, and families of victims and students are demanding a meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Mexico’s war on drugs has taken a heavy toll; around 100,000 dead since 2007, and Pena Nieto was elected on a promise to end the bloodshed. People are increasingly impatient with promises, and want action.