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Protests turn ugly in Mexico City on Peña Nieto's presidential anniversary
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)
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)
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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Protesters smashed up shops and clashed with riot police in Mexico City on the second anniversary of Enrique Peña Nieto's presidency amidst rising tensions over the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers.

Brandishing bats and fire bombs, masked protesters attacked banks and restaurants along the capital's iconic Reforma boulevard, where thousands had gathered to demand an end to impunity and justice for the missing students.

Scores of riot police were deployed to restore law and order to Mexico City's CBD, but authorities struggled to control the unruly crowd. A number of injuries were reported by paramedics on hand.

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Protests Turn Ugly in Mexico City on Pena Nieto's Presidential Anniversary

The disappearances of the students have been the toughest challenge yet to face Peña Nieto and more than two months on since the disappearance of the students in Iguala, Guerrero, many have blamed the president for the feared massacre. Earlier this month Peña Nieto, in an effort to defuse anger, vowed to introduce constitutional reforms to simplify Mexico's chaotic police structure and stop collusion between officials and drug gangs.

Peña Nieto took office two years ago vowing to restore order in Mexico, where about 100,000 people have died in violence linked to organized crime since 2007. His two-year anniversary in office comes as Peña Nieto's approval rating tumbles to just 39 percent, according to Mexico City daily Reforma.

It was the lowest approval rating of a president recorded since 1996 when then President Ernesto Zedillo was struggling to contain a financial and economic crisis.

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