Protesters attack the Guerrero state Congress building to mark the seven-month anniversary of the disappearance of 43 missing student, teachers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The disappearance of 43 missing students in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero back in September continues to enrage Mexican activists moved in on the state Congress building setting trucks on fire, hurling rocks, and causing general disturbances. Trucks and crowbars were dispatched to destroy the Guerrero Congress building. The incident in the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo comes after no firm answers have been provided after 43 apprentice teachers at the politicized Ayotzinapa Normal School went missing on September 26. The students were all between the ages of 18 and 23. Some 1,500 people were on hand taking part in the disturbance, according to local media reports, with many having arrived wearing masks on their face. Those involved included family members of the missing students and members of the CETEG (State coordinators of teachers of Guerrero) teachers' union, among others, according to local reports. Police arrived in riot gear and released tear gas to disperse the uprising. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's image has been damaged by the ongoing drama related to the disappearance, which appears to have been carried out by drug cartel members in league with corrupt police in southwest Mexico. The government has said that the students were almost certainly murdered after clashing with corrupt police officers, who handed them over to members of local drug gang Guessers Undies. The disappearances of the students led to massive street protests in Mexico last year and international condemnation of its security situation. The mayor of Iguana and his wife were arrested as two chief suspects. The case has become notorious as an illustration of the nexus between organized crime and politics widely believed to exist across much of Mexico. The attorney general's office has also said Feline Rodriguez, an arrested member of Guerreros Unidos, had confessed to being given the order by one of his bosses to execute the 43 youths, who studied at a nearby leftist teacher training college.