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Turmoil in Mexico - Corruption

While thousands of Mexicans march in Mexico City to call for the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, the head of the national criminal investigations unit has resigned after criticism following the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero. 

On the eve of the country’s Independence Day, Mexicans marched to call for a resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto. Although police broke up the protest, social media are filled with messages calling for the president to step down. His constituents are criticizing him for inviting U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump to Mexico after Trump has repeatedly insulted Mexicans during his campaign.

During the same week but unrelated to the protests against the president, Tomas Zeron resigned his post as the top investigator in the case of the students who went missing two years ago. Although the Mexican government says the students were arrested by the local police and handed off to a local drug gang to be executed, independent international investigations accuse Zeron of disturbing the crime scene before forensic investigations began. Parents of the students have been calling for Zeron’s resignation for months.
Maureen Myer of the Washington Office on Latin America analyzes politics, the drug war, and human rights in Mexico.

 

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell
Associate Producer: Jim Singer

 

Photo: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto waves the Mexican National Flag during the traditional 'El Grito' or 'The Shout' at the balcony of the National Palace, marking the start of the Independence Day celebrations, in Mexico City, Mexico on September 15, 2016. Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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