Student Deaths Spotlight National Fragility
Has Mexico reached a breaking point? The abduction and alleged massacre of 43 students has sparked massive protests and a tidal wave of anti-government anger. The students disappeared after police opened fire on their buses en route to a demonstration, the latest instance of Mexican state-sanctioned violence and corruption. But even as President Enrique Peña Nieto seeks to end corruption by putting local police under state control, continued protests highlight the underlying social issues that threaten Mexico’s stability and identity.