After marching through the centre of Mexico City in the morning, clashes erupted at the capital’s airport between demonstrators observing a general strike and the police.
Thousands marched to voice their anger at the 43 disappeared, feared dead, student teachers, and the climate of alleged corruption and complicity between police, politicians and gangsters many blame for their deaths.
“We realised after September 26 and 27 (the dates when the students went missing) that the voices are increasing, that the voices are rising up, that those voices are no longer scared,” explained one of the masked protesters.
Later on, hundreds of police in riot gear blocked access to the National Palace where thousands of demonstrators had gathered in support of the students who were allegedly abducted on September 26 near Iguala in Guerrero state.
Police reported no one was injured in the scuffles.
It was also the anniversary of the 1910 revolution but military parades were cancelled in several places as protests spread beyond the capital to other cities.
Sympathy marches were also held in Bolivia and Argentina.