Mexico police arrest student protesters in campus raids

October 16, 2012

BBC News, 10/16/2012

Police in Mexico have raided three teachers’ colleges in the western state of Michoacan after more than a week of protests against curriculum changes.

Officers arrested at least 120 people as they stormed the schools, where students were holding buses and delivery trucks that they had seized.

Ten officers were injured, three of them seriously, in clashes with demonstrators, state officials said.

Several vehicles including patrol cars were set on fire in Monday’s violence.

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Mexico election: Protest group ‘I am 132′ holds debate

June 20, 2012

BBC News, 6/20/2012

Three of Mexico’s presidential candidates have taken part in an online debate organised by a student protest movement known as #YoSoy132 (I am 132).

Josefina Vazquez Mota, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Gabriel Quadri answered questions over the internet.

But front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto, the main target of the group’s protests, declined to take part, saying the debate would not be neutral…

The debate was unprecedented, says BBC Mundo’s Ignacio de los Reyes, but it is difficult to gauge how many people it reached or whether it did anything to change the electoral panorama.

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