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Arrests of Mexican protesters draws criticism

November 23, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Eleven people arrested at a protest in Mexico City last week have been taken to maximum-security prisons, a move that a human rights agency is denouncing as excessive.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced Saturday that eight men and three women, who face charges including attempted homicide, were being held at prisons in the states of Nayarit and Veracruz that normally house dangerous inmates.

The 11 were among tens of thousands of people who gathered in Mexico City’s main plaza to demand justice in the disappearance and apparent killing of 43 students from a rural teachers college.

Alejandro Jimenez of the non-governmental Mexican Institute of Human Rights and Democracy accused authorities of attempting to “criminalize” civil protest and of using the prison system for “political use.”

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