It was a turbulent week in Latin America, with protests, disgraced current and former presidents and captured drug lords.
It was a turbulent week in Latin America.
Five months after 43 students from a rural teachers college in Mexico's Guerrero state disappeared, marches by relatives and protesters continued, some turning violent with confrontations like what was seen Tuesday at a metro station in Mexico's capital. In Michoacan state, federal police captured Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords.
In Havana, Cubans celebrated the first annual cigar festival to take place since the announcement of a historic partial detente with the United States. Cuban cigar makers are licking their chops over new rules allowing more Americans to travel to the island and legally bring back small quantities of the coveted stogies.
In Venezuela, anti-government protests heated up following the death of teenager Kluiverth Roa during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro in the city of San Cristóbal. Maduro said he could not travel to Uruguay for the inauguration of that country's new president because of "the political situation" in his country.
Recently acquired Boca Juniors soccer player Daniel Oswaldo had a memorable start, scoring the goal that defeated the Wanderers of Uruguay in Buenos Aires' Bombonera stadium.
Uruguay's outgoing President José Mujica said goodbye to party faithful, who held up signs saying "Thank You," some with tears in their eyes. Mujica justified his early years in the 1960 and 1970s as a guerrilla, which brought him 13 years in prison. "We ended up playing for it all, like many others. We suffered and we made people suffer, and we are aware of this," he said.
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