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Mexicans march on 1-year anniversary of 43 students' disappearance

  • The relative of one of the 43 missing college students holds an image of his missing loved one during a press conference at the end of the relatives' 43 hour protest fast in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, one day before the one year anniversary of the students' disappearance. According to an independent group of experts, their disappearances, and the killings of six others on Sept. 26, 2014, were the result of a long, coordinated attack against students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    The relative of one of the 43 missing college students holds an image of his missing loved one during a press conference at the end of the relatives' 43 hour protest fast in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, one day before the one year anniversary of the students' disappearance. According to an independent group of experts, their disappearances, and the killings of six others on Sept. 26, 2014, were the result of a long, coordinated attack against students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • A young man walks past a school building marked with art reading "43" and "We demand liberty for the expression of thought" the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Protest marches to mark the one year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 student teachers were planned for Saturday afternoon in Mexico City and multiple towns in Guerrero.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    A young man walks past a school building marked with art reading "43" and "We demand liberty for the expression of thought" the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Protest marches to mark the one year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 student teachers were planned for Saturday afternoon in Mexico City and multiple towns in Guerrero.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students sit outside of dorm rooms at the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Protest marches to mark the one year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 student teachers were planned for Saturday afternoon in Mexico City and multiple towns in Guerrero.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Students sit outside of dorm rooms at the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Protest marches to mark the one year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 student teachers were planned for Saturday afternoon in Mexico City and multiple towns in Guerrero.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of people are marking the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students with a march through Mexico City, in an atmosphere of defiant hope.

Activists said Saturday the movement might bring justice for Mexico's disappeared, though only two of the students' remains have been identified.

While the march was smaller than past demonstrations, the case has served to publicize the thousands who have gone missing since Mexico's drug war started in 2006.

Peace and anti-crime activist Maria Guadalupe Vicencio, 45, wore a skirt made of a Mexican flag splattered with fake blood. The names of three disappeared activists from her violence-plagued home state of Tamauilpas were written across her shirt.

Vicencio said the students' movement "sets an example for all Mexicans to wake up, and not be silent."