Mexico: Missing students' families start nationwide bus protest

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Mexico: Missing students' families start nationwide bus protest

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Relatives of 43 missing Mexican students have marched in the town of Tixtla in southern Guerrero state, refusing to accept the government’s claim that their loved ones are probably dead.

Authorities say suspected gang members admitted killing and incinerating the trainee teachers, claiming they had been handed over by corrupt police.

But Teresa Mateco, a mother of one of the missing students, is not convinced.

“We want proof,” she said, her voice full of emotion, as she marched alongside others carrying photographs of the missing students.

“While there is no proof, our children are alive. We know they are alive. …but we want to know where they are and the government knows that.”

Amid mass marches and rising anger, relatives and classmates of the students have begun a nationwide bus tour to keep pressure on the government which says remains found are so badly burned that it is impossible to say when and if they will be identified.

A search meanwhile continues for the students seized seven weeks ago after clashes with police in the southwestern city of Iguala.

Its mayor has been arrested along with his wife, both suspected of masterminding the abduction.