- Title: MEXICO: Violence breaks out at march to mark anniversary of Tlatelolco massacre
- Date: 4th October 2009
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (OCTOBER 2, 2009) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS THROWING BOTTLES AND STONES AT RIOT / POLICEMEN (3 SHOTS) RIOT POLICEMEN DETAINING PROTESTER VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS CLASHING WITH RIOT POLICEMEN DEMONSTRATOR COMPLAINING ABOUT POLICE OPERATION WHILE PROTESTER PAINTS GRAFFITI ON WALLS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE MARCHING AND SHOUTING (3 SHOTS) DEMONSTRATORS BREAKING WINDOWS OF GROCERY STORES AND STEALING PRODUCTS EMPTY GALLON OF WATER DEMONSTRATOR WITH LIT INCENSE PASSING IN FRONT OF POLICEMEN RIOT POLICEMEN LINING UP
- Embargoed: 19th October 2009 13:00
- Location: Mexico
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement,Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA2PY3JKWGWPIK4X3HC6HXI6EKC
- Story Text: Scuffles broke out on Friday (October 02) as tens of thousands of students and political activists marched through Mexico City to mark the 41st anniversary of the 1968 massacre of hundreds of student protesters in Tlatelolco Square.
In 1968, security forces stormed a student protest, killing at least 30 people, although witnesses and rights activists put the toll as high as 300.
Friday's march was headed by the former leaders of 1968 Student Movement as well as various student organizations from capital's universities, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and the IPN (National Polytechnic Institute).
Tens of thousands gathered in the Tlatelolco Square and then marched to the Zocalo, the capital city's main square.
On the way to Zocalo Square, groups of violent demonstrators clashed with riot policemen and threw bottles and stones at them. Others grabbed the shields of riot policemen and punched them. Police threw tear gas into the crowd.
Police said 11 people were arrested.
The protesters then looted several shops. Most of the downtown stores closed early and many put up metal gates to avoid the vandalism.
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