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March on Mexico independence president resign

  • Protestors carry a banner reading in Spanish: "Resign" during a march calling for the resignation of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Mexico will mark the 206th anniversary of its independence from Spain on Friday with a massive military parade presided over by the president. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Protestors carry a banner reading in Spanish: "Resign" during a march calling for the resignation of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Mexico will mark the 206th anniversary of its independence from Spain on Friday with a massive military parade presided over by the president. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

  • A masked woman holds up a sign that reads in Spanish "The assassins are in Los Pinos," referring to the presidential residence, during a march demanding the resignation of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, one day before the country's independence day. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A masked woman holds up a sign that reads in Spanish "The assassins are in Los Pinos," referring to the presidential residence, during a march demanding the resignation of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, one day before the country's independence day. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • People march along Reforma Avenue demanding the resignation of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, one day before the country's independence day. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    People march along Reforma Avenue demanding the resignation of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, one day before the country's independence day. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

A social media campaign drew hundreds to a march demanding President Enrique Pena Nieto's resignation as Mexico prepared for its annual independence celebration.

The turnout Thursday was small for a march in a city of 20 million residents, mostly drawing young people. But its timing reinforced the country's dissatisfaction with Pena Nieto.

The president suffers from abysmal approval ratings that risk plunging even more after last month's widely ridiculed meeting with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. His party in June lost gubernatorial elections in four states it had never lost before.

Pena Nieto was marking the national celebration with the traditional shout on the eve of independence day in the city's central square Thursday night.

Activist Ignacio Del Valle says modern day Mexicans have nothing to celebrate.