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Missing College Students Spark Protests
Throughout the fall of 2014, thousands of protestors took to the streets in Mexico City, setting fires and blocking highways. The protests were over the 43 college students from Iguala who were abducted and presumed killed in September. The students disappeared after clashing with the police on Sept. 26. The police were in their vehicles when they opened fire on the students. According to the state prosecutor investigating the case, mass graves were found in Iguala, where the clash happened. The graves contained 28 burned bodies.
Twenty-two police officers were arrested after the incident with the students. The arrested officers were also members of or worked for a local gang, according to prosecutors. Investigators were still looking into the possibility of those police officers deliberately turning the students over to the local gang.
By the end of November, facing angry protestors demanding action, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a plan to address corruption and issues with local police. Peña Nieto explained the plan during a 30-minute televised address. Part of his plan would be to disband local police forces. State government would control the police instead. Also, under Peña Nieto's new plan, the federal government could dissolve any local governments that it found to be corrupt.
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National Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Informatics http://www.inegi.org.mx/inegi/default.aspx/ .
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