Violence erupts after Mexican priest kidnapped

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Demonstrators burned government buildings in Catemaco, Mexico over the disappearance of a local priest last week.

Father Jorge Luis Sanchez, an outspoken and popular clergyman who's known for speaking out about electricity fees and violence was reported missing on Friday.

Scenes from Catemaco:

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A police car burns in flames at Catemaco community in Veracruz, Mexico on November 12, 2016, during a protest after priest Jose Luis Sanchez disappeared. Furious residents of Catemaco municipality sacked the city hall and burnt a police car as they protested for second consecutive day for the disappearance of a priest, who was allegedly kidnapped.

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View of a sign with the portrait of Mexican priest Jose Luis Sanchez during a protest at Catemaco community in Veracruz, Mexico on November 12, 2016. Furious residents of Catemaco municipality sacked the city hall and burnt a police car as they protested for second consecutive day for the disappearance of a priest, who was allegedly kidnapped.

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Protesters say Sanchez was taken by municipal police. They burned municipal buildings and looted the mayor's office as a result.

The director of operations of the Secretariat of Public Security said a plan is in place to begin a search.

We have instructions from the governor to use the local population to help with the whereabouts of this person, he said.

In September, two priests from other areas were kidnapped and killed.

According to a local catholic organization 28 priests have been killed in Mexico since 2006.

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