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Tuesday June 11, 2013

Protester Arrests Mar 42nd Anniversary of Mexico City Student Massacre

Protester Arrests Mar 42nd Anniversary of Mexico City Student Massacre

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Twenty-two people were arrested for attacking police during a demonstration marking the 42nd anniversary of a student massacre in Mexico City, officials said.

The protesters were taken to the holding facility at the Federal District Attorney’s Office, the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat said.

The suspects were arrested for “disturbing the peace, (causing) injuries, disobeying authorities, making threats, carrying objects for assault and robbery,” Federal District Attorney Rodolfo Rios said.

Television news reports showed the protesters attacking the officers on Monday with chunks of concrete from the plaza outside city hall, sticks, bottles and burning items.

Five officers were injured in the attack by self-proclaimed anarchists, media reports said.

Students from different universities participated in a march that ended Monday in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main plaza, to mark the 42nd anniversary of the “El Halconazo” massacre.

National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, and National Polytechnic Institute, or IPN, students took to the streets of Mexico City on June 10, 1971, to demand that President Luis Echeverria, who governed Mexico from 1970 to 1976, allow political freedom and democratize higher education.

The protest started peacefully but turned violent when “Los Halcones,” a paramilitary group, opened fire on demonstrators, killing at least 22 people and wounding around 50 others.

Several protesters were reported missing after the demonstration.