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Author Name: Carola Sole
Thousands protest, Mexico leaders popularity hits low
In the latest protest to hit the country, thousands of people marched in Mexico City, chanting for Pena Nieto to resign and waving blackened flags in anger over the case of the missing students. "Pena Nieto must resign," Clemente Rodriguez, father of missing student Cristian, told the crowd. Reina Cruz, a 66-year-old protester, said she felt bad for the parents. Thousands more protested in the southern state of Guerrero, where a drug gang has confessed to killing the aspiring teachers after local police handed them over in September. A group of protesters ransacked the Guerrero state prosecutor's office in the regional capital, Chilpancingo, and set five vehicles on fire, including two police cruisers. Hundreds more blocked access to two facilities of state oil company Pemex for several hours in Oaxaca, a teachers union spokesman said. Pena Nieto, who took office in December 2012, announced that he had sent constitutional reforms to Congress aimed at disbanding the country's notoriously corrupt municipal police forces to allow the federal government to take over gang-infiltrated towns. "What happened in Iguala marks a before and an after," Pena Nieto said Monday during a visit to the impoverished southern state of Chiapas.

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