Protesters Burn State Building in Southern Mexico

Jose Antonio Rivera, ABC News, October 13, 2014

Hundreds of students and teachers smashed windows and set fires inside a state capital building in southern Mexico on Monday, as fury erupted over the disappearance of 43 young people believed abducted by local police linked to a drug cartel.

The protesters called for the 43 students from a rural teachers’ college in Guerrero state, missing since Sept. 26, to be returned alive, even though fears have grown that 10 newly discovered mass graves could contain their bodies.

AP photographs showed smoke billowing from the government building in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, and flames licking from office windows. Firefighters battled the blaze.


Jose Villanueva Manzanarez, spokesman for Guerrero’s government, said the protesting members of a teachers’ union initially tried to get into the state congress in Chilpancingo but were repelled by anti-riot police. They then headed to the state government palace.

With the support of hundreds of students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college, the teachers blockaded the capital building, attacking it with battle bars, rocks and Molotov cocktails, he said.

The violence came more than two weeks after police in Iguala, also in Guerrero state, opened fire on the teacher’s college students, killing at least six. Witnesses have said that dozens of students were taken away by police and have not been seen since. Twenty-six local police officers have been detained, and officials are attempting to determine if any of the students are in the mass graves nearby.

The confrontation in Iguala shed light on a widespread problem with local police in Mexico: They are often linked to organized crime. In the case of Iguala, the police who attacked the students were working with the local cartel, Guerreros Unidos, according to testimony of those arrested.


A U.S. State Department travel warning issued last week said U.S. citizens should avoid Chilpancingo along with all parts of Guerrero state outside of the Pacific resorts of Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and the tourist attractions of Taxco and the Cacahuamilpa caves.

A previous warning in January already advised against travel in the northwestern part of the state near the border with Mexico state, where Iguala is located.

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  • MekongDelta69

    …And I should care about this, because…???

    • Because one day, this will be the Federal building in Los Angeles.

      • JackKrak

        Exactly, these are the same, uh, vibrant tactics they will bring to political discourse here.

    • The Mexican Civil War of 1910 – 20 killed over 1 million people. That’s more than the US Civil War. The student’s claims probably are justified. Living temporarily in S. America, there is extremely widespread distrust of the Goverment by many here. It is probably similar to what the average AmRener feels about the US Government at present.

      This is probably what will happen to many US Gov’t buildings in the next 20 years. Washington DC, may be defended by an entired armored Army Corps to save the corrupt pols from crucifixion but other parts of the country will be less well protected.

    • LHathaway

      I don’t know, I think I’ve read there have been 100,000 drug war murders in Mexico in the last few years or so. Our president seems to agree with you. He hasn’t mentioned a single word about it. I guess asking folks not to light up a doobie is too much to ask. Some sacrifices would be too much.

  • Julius Caesar

    I’m sure this lovely civil unrest in Mexico will send the dreamers FLYING to the border to grace us with their presence.

    • If so, somebody better notify Glenn Beck to have the teddy bears and soccer balls ready for them at the border.

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    But the Repukes keep telling us that they will make the very best “family Values” Conservitives.

  • MBlanc46

    And now they’re coming to our country.

  • George Costanza

    “43 young people believed abducted by local police linked to a drug cartel”

    Only a matter of time before 43 American children are abducted and slaughtered…


  • archer

    Mexico a failed narco-terrorist state coming to a town near you. This is the type of cultural enrichment the marxists envision for your family.

  • evilsandmich

    state government palace

    The what? Any ‘state’ that has a ‘palace’ deserves to have the thing burned down.

  • As obnoxious as leftist university students sometimes are, murdering them and dumping their bodies in unmarked graves is well over the top.

  • William Allingham

    corruption, violence, ignorance…. the enduring legacy of the Aztecs