Normalist Students Face Cops

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Teaching students from a rural school in Chiapas, in southern Mexico, staged a clash on Sunday with security forces with a balance of eight wounded: two police officers, three students, two mothers and a 3 of three years.

The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that it already investigates what happened during the protests at the entrance of the Normal Rural de Mactumactza, in Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas, a school that this Sunday had the visit of relatives of the 43 students disappeared in 2014 in the state of Guerrero.

Students and the police gave conflicting versions of what happened.


According to the Ministry of Public Security, riot police cleared a road blockade starring the students, who attacked two agents, vandalized a patrol and threw incendiary bombs, cohetones and stones at the uniformed.

The NGO Tlachinollan, a spokesman for the parents of the 43 missing students, said the protests _ planned for Sunday afternoon _ had not yet begun and that a large contingent of state police officers was located at the door of the school and began to tear gas at students “without any valid explanation”.

The organization reported six injured: three students, two women and the youngest. Two of the youth, one from the Ayotzinapa school, had serious injuries from the impact of tear gas cartridges, the Tlachinollan press release added.

The teachers of rural schools have starred in a multitude of blockades and protests with different demands over the past few years, including the whereabouts of the 43 disappeared and justice in the case.