Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, took office last Saturday in a day of inaugural festivities punctuated by violent clashes between police and protesters in the streets beyond the steel wall erected to shield the Legislative Palace from anticipated unrest.
Hundreds of protesters smashed windows of stores and banks in Mexico City and threw Molotov cocktails over the barricades, denouncing the election, which was tainted by allegations of massive fraud, as illegitimate. Police attacked protesters with tear gas, water cannons and rubber-coated bullets. At least 76 people were injured in the mêlée, 29 of them hospitalized, according to the Associated Press, including one student protester who was in critical condition.
Inside the legislative chambers, the new president was greeted with jeers from some members of Congress. Before an audience that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Peña Nieto ushered in a restoration of political rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, a party with a seven decade-long history of corruption, fraud and authoritarian control of Mexico before its hegemonic rule over the country was first broken twelve years ago.
Here are two videos of the protests from Emergencia Mx:
Photos: Eneas, CC 2.0