About 1000 students have marched in Mexico’s volatile border city of Ciudad Juarez seeking punishment for two police officers accused of shooting a student recovering in intensive care.
The officers were detained on Friday shortly after they allegedly shot the 19-year-old student in the back, according to Mexican media and the student’s school, during a protest against violence raging in Mexico’s deadliest city.
At least one university professor and several students have died in violent attacks in Ciudad Juarez in just over two years, amid a wave of violence that has left more than 2,700 people dead this year alone.
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The city is at the epicentre of suspected drug-related violence that has left more than 28,000 dead nationwide since 2006, amid a police and military crackdown on organised crime.
“We’re tired and fed up with suffering from the same. It’s time to act,” medical student Daniela Flores said on Tuesday amid marching protesters, some of whom wore balaclava ski masks.
Some demonstrators also called for some 5000 federal police officers to be sacked after they took over security from the army in the city at the start of the year but failed to stop the violence.
The two accused police officers appeared before a judge on Tuesday, according to the federal attorney general’s office, which said protesters had “verbally and physically” attacked them.