25 Mexicans Injured in Clashes

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MEXICO-PENA NIETO-INAUGURATION-PROTEST Caption: A demonstrator throws stones at the police during a protest outside the Congress in Mexico City during the inauguration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, on December 1, 2012. Enrique Peña Nieto was sworn in as president of Mexico on Saturday following protests by leftist lawmakers inside the congress and clashes between demonstrators and police outside. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

An estimated 500 Mexicans threw stones, rocks, and Molotov cocktails in the capital ahead of the inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto, the country’s controversial new president. At least 25 people—both protesters and police—were injured in the clashes. One officer reportedly suffered a blow to his face by a stone, while another two were hit head-on by a Molotov cocktail. Tear gas was implemented by authorities in an attempt to quell the pandemonium. “We weren’t expecting something so violent,” an officer told AFP. Mexico’s new president took office shortly after midnight on Saturday, replacing outgoing Felipe Calderón.