Monday, December 12, 2011
Police kill 2 students during confrontation in Guerrero
The events unfolded after students tried to block several lanes of a major highway which runs from Mexico City to Acapulco, the Autopista del Sol. Their reasons were not immediately clear. Reports say the students were from the Escuela Normal de Ayotzinapa, a local school. About 200 officers responded to the scene, and used tear gas in an effort to break up the demonstration. Sources say students fought back using rocks and sticks. Some may have thrown molotov cocktails. Police opened fire, allegedly targeting the two slain youths. The victims were unarmed.
Authorities report the scene of the demonstration was under control by 12:45 p.m. local time. About two dozen students were taken into custody. Some passing motorists were said to have been injured in the skirmish.
Neighboring Acapulco has been an epicenter of drug trafficking violence and cartel activity in recent years, significantly damaging its popularity as a tourist destination. Acapulco and Guerrero state are regarded as among the most insecure areas in Mexico.
Dec. 13: A third student injured during yesterday's violence has died, news sources report.
at 3:30 PM