Demonstrators hit the streets of Mexico City and Buenos Aires to demand information on the fate of 43 people missing and feared dead. Katie Sargent reports
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Mexico City on Wednesday to protest over the disappearance of 43 missing trainee teachers. The students disappeared from the town of Iguala in Guerrero state nearly six weeks ago after a confrontation with police. Authorities say many of the students were abducted by police and are feared dead. The demonstrators are demanding answers about their fate. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, MIRIAM PEREZ, SAYING: "That there be justice for them (students) and that they (authorities) give more opportunities to young people in universities. And that the bodies be found, whatever the way. If they're aren't alive then at least find them so they (family) can mourn their youth." The protests have spread beyond Mexico. Demonstrators in Buenos Aires, Argentina gathered outside the Mexican embassy and delivered a petition to officials there. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, JULIAN ASINER, SAYING: "The petition is demanding what all Mexican students are demanding, an independent investigation, in depth, a trial and punishment of all politicians responsible and evidence of these incidents. The investigation of the mayor and his wife, but also the entire police force, the town, the governor of Guerrero, the Mexican government itself and this needs to be dismantled. You have to separate the state from this rotten business which is affecting the youth and Mexican people." The Mexican government has said the mayor of Iguala and his wife ordered police to stop the students interrupting a political event on the night of September 26th. The couple went on the run shortly after the students disappeared but were arrested in Mexico City this week.