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Mexican protesters clash with police during president's convocation speech

Saturday, January 03, 2015 - 01:04

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's speech launching oil pipeline triggers clashes involving teachers' union, expressing opposition to presidential agenda including handling of case of 43 missing students. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Three police officers were wounded on Friday (January 02) in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca after clashes with protesters who had gathered outside a rally headlined by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The president was on hand to launch his reform agenda for the new year including new energy projects. The protesters were organized by the teachers' union, the National Syndicate of Education Workers (SNTE). Hurling rocks at anti-riot police and burning tires, the protesters came out to voice their opposition to Pena Nieto's reform from three years back that took power away from Mexico's powerful teacher's union in addition to legislation aimed at opening up the energy sector. But the protesters voiced their frustration over a wide net of problems in Mexico, including the high-profile case of 43 missing apprentice teachers in the neighboring Mexican state of Guerrero. More than three months after the students disappeared and with tensions still high in Mexico, investigators are still scouring swathes of the restive state of Guerrero in search of the missing. Some 15 mass graves have been uncovered so far, but only one missing student has been identified amongst the remains. Following months of violent protests across Mexico over the tragedy, a New Year's Eve vigil in Mexico City was a largely peaceful affair.

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Mexican protesters clash with police during president's convocation speech

Saturday, January 03, 2015 - 01:04