Protest over missing students

MEXICO – Thousands of protesters blocked the highway leading to Acapulco in southern Mexico to press authorities to find 43 students missing since a deadly police shooting last weekend.

On Thursday parents of the missing led the march in the state capital Chilpancingo, holding signs saying “they were taken alive, we want them back.”

The students, from a teacher training college near Chilpancingo, had gone to the town of Iguala 100 kilometres to the north last Friday to raise funds when they were shot at by municipal police after they hijacked buses to return home.

Three students were killed and witnesses said they saw dozens taken away in police cars.

Authorities detained 22 officers over the shooting and another attack that killed three other people later that night on the outskirts of Iguala.

A gang is suspected of participating in the second shooting and the officers are suspected of having links to criminals in the region, raising fears a gang has the students.

“We are fed up with crime and corruption in this state,” said Manuel Martinez, 32, whose 18-year-old nephew is among the missing.

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