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CHAOS 25 Mexicans Injured in Clashes Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP-Getty Images

25 Mexicans Injured in Clashes

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.

December 1, 2012 2:36 PM