Tens of thousands of protesters converged on Mexico City on Thursday to vent their frustration and anger over the disappearance of 43 college students, presumed by many to be dead, and widespread political corruption.

Students, union workers and supporters from around the country streamed into the Mexican capital’s main square, known as the Zocalo, for a demonstration that had been largely peaceful before ending in pitched battles between riot police and groups of protesters throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Before these clashes, protesters marched into the square chanting “Justice! Justice!” They carried banners and hand-made posters featuring pictures of the students who disappeared at the end of September.

One group burned a giant doll resembling President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has come under fire for what some saw as his slow reaction to the students’ disappearance and for traveling abroad as protests spread across the country.

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