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'Out with Pena': Mexicans protest against President on Independence Day

President Enrique Pena Nieto was criticised for not stressing on Mexico's interest's during his meeting with Donald Trump. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Mexico City, Mexico Sep 16, 2016, 01.25 AM (IST)

Thousands took to the streets of Mexico city on Thursday to demand the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, weeks after he was criticised for hosting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

Trump has repeatedly threatened to make Mexico pay for the wall, which he plans to build between US and Mexico. Nieto was also accused of not stressing on Mexico's interests during the meeting, Reuters reported today. 

The demonstrations took place just hours before Independence Day celebrations were kicked off.

Alicia Mercado, a protester told the international news agency: "It's also a time to yell "out with Pena" because it's a terrible government, inept, we should not have to prop him up."

Discontent with Pena Nieto's government is widespread, with corruption scandals involving the First Lady and suspected massacre of 43 students, his approval rate has gone down.

According to polls conducted this year, 66 per cent said they disapproved his performance as President, while 30 per cent approved it. 

Fernando Rubi, a protester told Reuters: "This is just a show, the public should be riled up all over the country and not celebrate today."

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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