Families of 43 missing students march in Mexico City

Nov 10, 2014, 10:33 IST | IANS

Mexico City: Families of the 43 missing students arrived in Mexico City Sunday after marching 195 km to demand the safe return of the students and voice their discontent over the belated investigation.

The families departed from Iguala city Nov 3 in the southern state of Guerrero, where the abduction occurred and embarked on the march called "43x43 Movement", Xinhua reported.

"Today we meet our commitment of walking 195 km to demand the safe return of the 43 students," said Jose Alcaraz, spokesman for the movement.

Alcaraz said the goal is also to ask the government to implement new measures to guarantee security and tackle violence in Mexico.

On Sep 26, the clash between students of a teacher's college and municipal police in Iguala left six people dead and led to the disappearance of 43 students.

On Friday, Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the 43 students were probably massacred and their remains burned and dumped in a local river.

The announcement sparked a new wave of protests, including demonstrations and attacks on public buildings and vehicles. Masked protesters even set fire to the ceremonial presidential palace in Mexico City's Zocalo Square Saturday.

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