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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors attend a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestor covered in blood colour lays on the ground during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors walk through tear gas thrown by security forces during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors hit the door of a building during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A molotov cocktail is thrown by demonstrators during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors walk through tear gas thrown by security forces during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Tear gas is thrown to protesters during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors attend a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors attend a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors attend a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors attend a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors clash with security forces during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestor covered in blood color attends a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestor wearing Guy Fawkes mask attends a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors attend a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestor wearing Guy Fawkes mask attends a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors hold torches during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors walk through tear gas thrown by security forces during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors clash with security forces during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors clash with security forces during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Firefighters try to extinguish burning vehicles in front of the state congress building after protesting teachers torched them in the state capital city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014. Violent protests over the disappearance of 43 college students continue and are now threatening tourism in the nearby resort city of Acapulco ahead of a major holiday weekend when Mexicans traditionally flock to the beach, business leaders said Wednesday. Investigators say the 43 students from a rural teachers college were rounded up by local police, turned over to a drug gang and apparently killed, their corpses charred into ash and dumped into a river. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Cars burn in front of the state congress building after protesting teachers torched them in the state capital city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014. Violent protests over the disappearance of 43 college students continue and are now threatening tourism in the nearby resort city of Acapulco ahead of a major holiday weekend when Mexicans traditionally flock to the beach, business leaders said Wednesday. Investigators say the 43 students from a rural teachers college were rounded up by local police, turned over to a drug gang and apparently killed, their corpses charred into ash and dumped into a river. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Burnt documents lie outside of the state comptroller's building after protesters torched the building in the state capital city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014. Violent protests over the disappearance of 43 college students continue and are now threatening tourism in the nearby resort city of Acapulco ahead of a major holiday weekend when Mexicans traditionally flock to the beach, business leaders said Wednesday. Investigators say the 43 students from a rural teachers college were rounded up by local police, turned over to a drug gang and apparently killed, their corpses charred into ash and dumped into a river. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Masked teachers detain a police officer during clashes in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, Mexico, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Supporters of 43 missing college rural students, refusing to believe they are dead, have kept up the protests that have blocked major highways and set government buildings ablaze in recent weeks. The students disappeared at the hands of a city police force on Sept. 26 in the town of Iguala. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Teachers flip a vehicle during a clash with riot police in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Supporters of the missing 43 college rural students, refusing to believe they are dead, have kept up the protests that have blocked major highways and set government buildings ablaze in recent weeks. The students disappeared at the hands of a city police force on Sept. 26 in the town of Iguala. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Firefighters arrive to try to extinguish several burning vehicles in front of the state congress building after protesting teachers torched them in the state capital city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014. Violent protests over the disappearance of 43 college students continue and are now threatening tourism in the nearby resort city of Acapulco ahead of a major holiday weekend when Mexicans traditionally flock to the beach, business leaders said Wednesday. Investigators say the 43 students from a rural teachers college were rounded up by local police, turned over to a drug gang and apparently killed, their corpses charred into ash and dumped into a river. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try to knock down the door of National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators knock down the barricade of National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators shout slogans agains the government outside the National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try to knock down the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators shout slogans agains the government outside the National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: A demonstrator walks in front of Mexico's Government Palace holding a Mexican flag during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try to knock down the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try set fire to the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators pain using an aerosol the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
A firefighter works to put out a burning vehicle set on fire by rural college students, outside the Governor's Palace in Guerrero's state capital, Chilpancingo, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Suspects in the disappearance of the 43 Raul Isidro Burgos rural college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Vehicles set to fire by rural college students, with a message on one that reads in Spanish; "We want justice," burn outside the entrance of the Governor's Palace in Guerrero's state capital, Chilpancingo, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Suspects in the disappearance of the 43 Raul Isidro Burgos rural college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Vehicles set to fire by rural college students, burn outside the entrance of the Governor's Palace in Guerrero's state capital, Chilpancingo, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Suspects in the disappearance of the 43 Raul Isidro Burgos rural college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
A firefighter works to put out burning vehicles set on fire by rural college students, outside the Governor's Palace in Guerrero's state capital, Chilpancingo, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Suspects in the disappearance of the 43 Raul Isidro Burgos rural college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Vehicles set to fire by rural college students, burn at the Governor's Palace in Guerrero's state capital, Chilpancingo, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Suspects in the disappearance of the 43 Raul Isidro Burgos rural college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto stands at attention as the national anthem of the UK and Mexico is played during an official visit by Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, at the National Palace in Mexico City. According to a report by a leading Mexican journalist, the private home of President Pena Nieto was built and is registered under the name of a company connected to a controversial high-speed rail contract that he abruptly canceled last week. The article did not specify what laws if any are broken by the president using a house registered under another name. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
Demostrators set fire the door of the main entrance of te Mexican National Palace during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Antonio Nava (Photo credit should read ANTONIO NAVA/AFP/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try to knock down the door of National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators shout slogans agains the government outside the National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators knock down the barricade of National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators shout slogans agains the government outside the National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators shout slogans agains the government outside the National Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
A demostrator waves a Mexican flag at the main entrance of the Mexican National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
A demostrator Spray-paints the main entrance of the Mexican National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
Demostrators lie down in the floor simulated the missing students in front of the main entrance of the Mexican National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of students try to tear down the main entrance of the National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
A demostrator tries to tear down the main entrance of the National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
A demostrator tries to tear down the main entrance of the National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
Demostrators tear down the barricades in front of the main entrance of the Mexican National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
A demostrator Spray-paints the main entrance of the Mexican National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of students try to tear down the main entrance of the National Palace at the Main Square (Zocalo) during a demostration in Mexico City on November 8, 2014, demanding justice from the Mexican goverment in the massacre of 43 missing students. Mexico was confronted with one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to slaughtering the students and dumping their charred remains in a river. The case has revulsed Mexico since gang-linked police attacked the young men in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26, in a night of violence that left six people dead and the 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try set fire to the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try set fire to the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: A man sets fire outside the Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try set fire to the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: A man sets fire at the door of Mexican Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try to knock down the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: Demonstrators try to knock down the door of Mexico's Government Palace during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: A man poses for a photo as the door of Mexico's Government Palace burns during a spontaneous demonstration after Mexico's government announced on friday that evidence suggests that 43 missing students were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in Guerrero, Mexico, on November 08, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
VERACRUZ, XALAPA, MEXICO - 2014/11/05: In the contingent were joined called Black Block, with torches and some of its members came to the front door of the Government Palace of Veracruz and set it on fire. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
VERACRUZ, XALAPA, MEXICO - 2014/11/05: In the contingent were joined called Black Block, with torches and some of its members came to the front door of the Government Palace of Veracruz and set it on fire. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
VERACRUZ, XALAPA, MEXICO - 2014/11/05: In the contingent were joined called Black Block, with torches and some of its members came to the front door of the Government Palace of Veracruz and set it on fire. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
VERACRUZ, XALAPA, MEXICO - 2014/11/05: In the contingent were joined called Black Block, with torches and some of its members came to the front door of the Government Palace of Veracruz and set it on fire. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A molotov cocktail is thrown by demonstrators during a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Mexican protestors attend a rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration on the second anniversary of his term in office in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 01, 2014. Peña Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters over government's handling of the case of 43 missing students. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Tear gas is thrown to protesters during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Riot police police blocks the way to protesters during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Riot police arrest protesters during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protesters clash with riot police during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Riot policemen walk to protesters during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Riot police arrest protesters during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protester in the downtown throws a petrol bomb during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Riot police take position during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protester raises his fist in the downtown streets during a massive protest rally two years after Pe–na Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Riot police police blocks the way to protesters during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A woman holds banners during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pen–a Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A man holds banner against president Enrique Pe–na Nieto during a massive protest rally at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: People shout slogans during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pen–a Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: People shout slogans during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pen–a Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protester throws a gas bomb into subway facilities during a massive protest rally two years after Pena Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A student shouts slogans during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pen–a Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A woman holds up a banner that reads in spanish Mexico Screams during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pe–na Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity) Nude people march during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pen–a Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A man dressed as mexican president perfumes during a massive protest rally against president Enrique Pe–na Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: People march during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pe–na Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: A man holds banner against president Enrique Pe–na Nieto during a massive protest rally at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
CHILPANCINGO, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01 : People gather in the second-largest city of the state of Guerrero, Chilpancingo to protest against the second anniversary of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration and demand justice for the 43 missing students in Mexico on December 01, 2014. (Photo by Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHILPANCINGO, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01 : People gather in the second-largest city of the state of Guerrero, Chilpancingo to protest against the second anniversary of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration and demand justice for the 43 missing students in Mexico on December 01, 2014. (Photo by Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHILPANCINGO, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01 : People gather in the second-largest city of the state of Guerrero, Chilpancingo to protest against the second anniversary of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration and demand justice for the 43 missing students in Mexico on December 01, 2014. (Photo by Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHILPANCINGO, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01 : Mexican guards are seen as people gather in the second-largest city of the state of Guerrero, Chilpancingo to protest against the second anniversary of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration and demand justice for the 43 missing students in Mexico on December 01, 2014. (Photo by Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protesters walk in the downtown streets during a massive protest rally two years after Pen–a Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: People shout slogans during a massive protest rally against Mexican president Enrique Pe–na Nieto at reforma avenue on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
CHILPANCINGO, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01 : People gather in the second-largest city of the state of Guerrero, Chilpancingo to protest against the second anniversary of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration and demand justice for the 43 missing students in Mexico on December 01, 2014. (Photo by Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protesters shout slogans in the downtown streets during a massive protest rally two years after Pen–a Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protesters walk in the downtown streets during a massive protest rally two years after Pen–a Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
CHILPANCINGO, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01 : A MExican security guard is seen as people gather in the second-largest city of the state of Guerrero, Chilpancingo to protest against the second anniversary of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration and demand justice for the 43 missing students in Mexico on December 01, 2014. (Photo by Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 01: Protesters walk in the downtown streets during a massive protest rally two years after Pen–a Nieto took office at Mexico City downtown on December 01, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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(Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Sunday condemned violent protests over the apparent massacre of 43 students after demonstrators set fire to the door of his ceremonial palace in Mexico City on Saturday night.

Tens of thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets to protest the government's handling of the case of the missing students, and last night protesters in central Mexico City set fire to the door of the National Palace.

"It's unacceptable that someone should try to use this tragedy to justify violence," Pena Nieto told reporters at the airport in Anchorage, Alaska where he was en route to China. "You can't demand justice while acting with violence."

Mexico Riots Demand Justice for Missing Students


The students were abducted by corrupt police in southwestern Mexico in September. Though the government said on Friday it looked as though the students had been killed, then incinerated by gangsters working with the police, it stopped short of confirming their deaths for lack of definitive evidence.

Pena Nieto's trip to China has infuriated protesters and relatives of the students, who believe he cares more about Mexico's business interests than trying to deal with the gang violence that has ravaged much of the country for years.

The trip to China has faced problems since before it began.

On Thursday night, Mexico abruptly canceled a $3.75 billion contract to build a high-speed train line that it had awarded to a Chinese-led consortium after opposition lawmakers accused the government of rigging the process.

The group led by the China Railway Construction Corp were the sole bidders for the project and lawmakers said the government had acted to help the consortium and its Mexican partners, some of which have close ties to the president and the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

The government denied the accusations.

Grupo Higa was one of the Mexican partners in the rail consortium and on Sunday a local news site noted that a subsidiary of the company, Ingenieria Inmobiliaria del Centro, had built a $7 million seven-bedroom house for Pena Nieto and his family just before he became president.

The house, which features marble floors and underground parking, has never been disclosed in financial records that Pena Nieto has made public and it is in fact still owned by the Grupo Higa subsidiary, the report from Aristegui Noticias said.

However, the president's office said in a statement on Sunday that the house was acquired in 2012 from Ingenieria Inmobiliaria del Centro by Pena Nieto's wife, actress Angelica Rivera, and that she spoke openly about the property last year.

Separately, China on Sunday said it believed China Railway Construction Corp had followed Mexico's bidding rules and requirements and it hopes Chinese companies will continue to participate in Mexican infrastructure projects.

Another protest took place on Sunday, which included people who had walked more than 100 miles to Mexico City from Iguala, Guerrero, where the missing students were abducted. The protest congregated peacefully in the central Zocalo square.

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