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Ayotzinapa Protests Continue as Students Clash with Police

Mexico City, March 30 (teleSUR-RHC) Protests related with the enforced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa missing students continued on Saturday in Chilpancingo, the capital of the violent southern Mexican state of Guerrero, where teacher trainees clashed with police, resulting in five people injured, according to local reports.

Ayotzinapa teacher trainees were traveling in a bus about noon, when they were detained by anti-rioting police in a roadblock near the Guerrero capital, teleSUR correspondent Eduardo Martinez said.

Officers arrested two students, which caused clashes to break out, and ultimately, however, the detainees were freed by police. After being harassed by police, masked students retaliated burning official vehicles and attacking the a police station.

Security officers responded with tear gas and by attacking the student buses with stones and sticks. The lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, Vidulfo Rosales, explained the students were staging peaceful demonstrations in various locations, when they were stopped by Federal Police, whom after a few minutes of talks permitted the students to continue their route. However, Rosales added, they were then stopped by state anti-riot police, who carried out aggressions against the students, who responded to the attacks.

The students were again stopped a third time by municipal police, which also ended up in confrontation. Rosales said some of the injured students were taken to hospital for treatment. A local official, David Martinez, accused the students of launching Molotov cocktails at a police station in Tixtla, 10 miles east of Chilpancingo.



Edited by Ivan Martínez
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