Nov. 8, 2014 (MEXICO CITY) The march from the Procuraduría General de la Republica in Mexico City reached the main gate of the National Palace in downtown Mexico City. It looked like some of the protesters tried to start a fire. Now we learn that they did. El Universal also reports this.
There were about 100,000 according to the live streamer, at the height at the Zócalo. This is Saturday night, after nine at night. The march was overall loud, but peaceful.
According to the livestreamer, PrometeoNuclear, there were some people looking down at the mass of people, from the palace, members of the military who are tasked with protecting the building that goes all the way to the colonial period. It is also the official work place for the president, but his resident is in Los Pinos. So there is very little likelihood that the president was present.
After we heard what sounded like a single detonation, there were flames visible at the door, and a plume of smoke. The stream was not that good, but it was enough to appreciate this. Apparently the smoke was CS Gas, deployed to try to disperse the crowd going after the door. After that was put off, there were a few more reports of something heard. It could have been firecrackers for all we know, or further CS Gas. We will have to wait for reports from the scene to expand on this.
Moreover, we heard over the stream calls for these people who were angry, but dumb, to back off. This was not the time to do this. And people displayed their disapproval wit the screams of “peaceful protest.”
The anger is deeper than just the missing students, likely dead. Though the missing students are the catalyst for these marches. The structural reforms, including the school and energy reforms, are at the heart of the anger. For many in Mexico, though the streamer believes it is still a minority of the population, all this comes down to the neoliberal reforms starting with President Miguel de la Madrid, and the demands from the world bank and the International Monetary Fund. While I never heard him mention the North American Free Trade Agreement, he did refer to the effects often when he explained the background.
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