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article imageMexico: Violent protests as President Enrique Peña Nieto sworn in

By Anne Sewell     Dec 1, 2012 in World
Mexico - As Enrique Peña Nieto was sworn in as the new president of Mexico, demonstrators were out on the streets throwing Molotov cocktails and chanting "Mexico! Mexico!" in protest.
Digital Journal reported on the huge protests after the presidential election results in July, 2012, when around 32,000 protesters marched through the streets of Mexico city, accusing President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of electoral fraud. The demonstrators stated that he secured the election through vote-buying and also through an aggressive PR campaign through major media outlets.
When Peña Nieto was sworn in as President on Saturday, protesters were out in the streets yet again, but this time throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at the police and at barriers outside congress.
Leftist congressmen carried a huge black banner, declaring "Imposition consummated. Mexico mourns." This reportedly referred to the tens of thousands of people killed during Calderon's six-year administration.
Protester in Mexico City.
Protester in Mexico City.
Congressman Ricardo Monreal of the Citizens Movement party said that, "One word sums up December 1: The restoration. The return to the past."
However, PRI Senator Omar Fayat disagreed saying, "This is a time of expectation, a time of hope. What we did well in the previous government we will preserve and strengthen. What we didn't, we will rebuild and reorient."
As can be seen in the video, students and other protesters repeatedly clashed with the police, with one group hurling Molotov cocktails and rocks at metal barriers, which had been erected to block access to congress. In return police fired tear gas and rubber-covered metal bullets and several injuries were reported.
A university student, Francisco Tellez, said, “We wanted to show Peña Nieto that we are here and we are going to watch him and we will be paying attention to his government.”
Another student, Alejandro, 25, who did not wish to give his surname, said, "We're against the oppression, the imposition of a person. He gave groceries, money and a lot more so people would vote for him," referring to allegations that the PRI bought votes for Peña Nieto.
Nieto's inauguration marks the return to power of the PRI, a party which ruled for seven decades until being ousted from the presidency in 2000. While not all Mexicans are convinced, Peña Nieto has promised a new and modern PRI that will not resort to its old tactics of corrupt, autocratic rule.
Juan Francisco Coydenall  injured in protests in Mexico City.
Juan Francisco Coydenall, injured in protests in Mexico City.
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"It's time to move Mexico and to achieve a national transformation," Peña Nieto said. "This is the moment for Mexico."
According to the Red Cross, one person who clashed with police received a head wound and was in critical condition and has been identified as Juan Francisco Coydenall, 65-years-old.
One officer was hit by a stone, two were struck by Molotov cocktails and two were affected by the tear gas. An officer told the media, "We weren't expecting something so violent."
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