Riot on Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa Normalistas in Mexico

Published September 27, 2019

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On the anniversary of the disappearance of 43 Normalista students from Ayotzinapa, militants attacked the national palce where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador currently lives, a Christopher Columbus statue, and other commercial and government buildings in Mexico City.

The 43 Normalista students disappeared on September 26 and 27, 2014. The family and comrades of the Normalistas hold the Mexican state responsible for their disappearance. About 4000 people participated, including students from Ayotzinapa and various schools and universities, as well as anarchists.

It was about four in the afternoon when the mobilization began in honor of the missing students. The protesters chanted slogans against the “murderous state” and demanded the return of the 43 Normalistas.

A group of anarchists broke the windows of the restaurant La Gloriosa, on the ground floor of the Hotel Le Meridien.

The anarchists who wore black and had their faces covered with balaclavas broke glass of many businesses they encountered on the road.

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They damaged the façade of the offices of the Secretariat of Welfare, the Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other government agencies. They also painted some monuments located around the Alameda and Fine Arts.

But, undoubtedly, the most damaged were the banks, restaurants, hotels and other shops located on Avenida Juarez, whose windows were broken, the facades painted and in some cases also looted.

Around half past six in the afternoon, once all the contingents were in the Constitution Square, some militants knocked the gates of the National Palace with mallets and pipes; others painted it with spray paint.

It was reported that there were 30 businesses and public offices affected.

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