MEXICO CITY — Protesters hurling rocks and
homemade explosive devices clashed with security forces at a Mexican military
base during a demonstration Friday over the disappearance of 43 students in
Mexico City officials said nearly 40 law enforcement
officers were injured in the protests.
Hundreds of demonstrators, some shouting
“murderers,” pulled down metal fencing and tried to enter Military Camp 1 in
Mexico City in the latest event marking the eighth anniversary of the tragedy.
Authorities fired water cannons in response.
The confrontation came a day after around a dozen
police officers were injured at a protest outside the attorney general’s office
to demand justice for the students.
And on Wednesday, relatives staged a rally outside
Israel’s embassy, demanding the extradition of Tomas Zeron, a former top
investigator wanted in connection with one of the country’s worst human rights
The 43 teaching students had commandeered buses in
the southern state of Guerrero to travel to a demonstration in Mexico City
before they went missing.
Investigators say they were detained by corrupt
police and handed over to a drug cartel that mistook them for members of a
rival gang, but exactly what happened to them is disputed.
Last month, a truth commission tasked by the current
government to investigate the atrocity branded the case a “state crime”
involving agents of various institutions.
It said that military personnel bore “clear
responsibility,” either directly or through negligence.
Arrest warrants have been issued for more than 80
suspects, including military personnel, police officers and cartel members.
Former attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam, who led
a controversial investigation into the mass disappearance, was detained last
month on charges of forced disappearance, torture, and obstruction of justice.
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