Powerful Photos Capture the Student Protests Barely Anyone Is Talking About

October 20, 2014

10/16/14 World.Mic

Duncan Wood

While the world has focused its attention on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there’s another student movement gaining steam on the other side of the world. The unfolding protests gripping Mexico began in the small town of Iguala, in the southwest region of Guerrero state, where the disappearance of 43 student teachers on the night of Sept. 26 has sparked outrage amid allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime. “Iguala is just one example of the level of decay in state and municipal security institutions,” Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., told the Washington Post.

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Protesters burn Mexican city’s government offices over suspected murder of students

October 14, 2014

10/13/14 Washington Post

fireProtesters ransacked and burned government offices Monday in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, in an explosion of outrage over the suspected kidnapping and murder of 43 students by corrupt local police. Anti-government rallies have been held in several Mexican cities since the students’ disappearance Sept. 26 and the subsequent discovery of mass graves outside Iguala, about 120 miles south of Mexico City. But on Monday, the protests turned violent. After clashing with riot police, about 200 demonstrators stormed an office building in the state capital, toppling and torching vehicles outside.

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Thousands march in Mexico to demand action over massacre

October 9, 2014

10/09/14 Reuters

protest -- stroke -- resistanceThousands marched through the Mexican capital on Wednesday to demand the government find out what happened to dozens of missing students, who are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police. The students from a teachers’ college went missing after they clashed with police in Iguala in the volatile, gang-ridden state of Guerrero on Sept. 26. A mass grave was found near the town over the weekend, full of charred human remains. “Mexico has become worse than a death camp. I never thought I would live to see something so horrible,” said Mariela Lopez, a 56-year-old teacher from Mexico City as she walked under the hot afternoon sun down the capital’s central boulevard.

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Thousands Protest Mexico City Vehicle Driving Ban

July 2, 2014

7/1/14 ABC News

shutterstock_28447024Thousands of people marched and blocked roads in Mexico’s capital Tuesday to protest a new anti-pollution measure that would ban them from driving on Saturdays.

Mexico City has long banned older cars from operating one weekday every week, but anti-smog rules that took effect Tuesday additionally now prohibit cars and trucks more than 15 years old from also operating on Saturdays.

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U.S. Protesters Turn Away Buses Carrying Migrant Families

July 2, 2014

7/2/14 ABC News

US flagHomeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.

The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.

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Mexico energy reform sparks mass protest

February 3, 2014

energy -drilling_platform_in_seaAljazeera, 2/1/14

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Mexico City to protest against constitutional reforms pushed through by President Enrique Pena Nieto to open the oil and gas industry to foreign investment. An estimated 65,000 people gathered for the protest on Friday in the Zocalo – a main square in the capital city – an official at the Secretariat of Public Safety told the AFP news agency.

The march was organised by the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), the leftist opposition to the president’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

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The Changing DNA of Mexico’s Protest Movement

October 15, 2013

protest -- stroke -- resistanceNewsweek, 10/14/2013

As flames engulfed the policeman’s legs and arms, his comrades stood by watching, stunned. A steady barrage of rocks bounced off the wall of plastic shields flanking him. By nighttime on October 2nd in Mexico City, 111 policemen, protesters and journalists had been injured and 102 people arrested during the annual march to commemorate a student massacre in 1968.

Street protests have long been a staple of Mexican politics and culture, a powerful outlet for millions of people who feel alienated from the political class. But over the last year, they have become more frequent, volatile and violent, analysts say, a response to major domestic policy shifts and growing alienation among the young and unemployed. The makeup of the protesters is also shifting, with men who refer to themselves as anarchists unleashing their fury during some marches.

On a regularly basis now, Mexico City’s streets swell with protesters demanding everything from a halt to some of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ambitious education and energy overhaul programs, to the creation of more uncensored media outlets, to a greater number of student slots at public universities.

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