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Thousands protest brutal killings of 3 Mexican film students

Students hold a sign that reads in Spanish "It's not three, it's all of us" during a protest against the murder of three film students who have become...
A student holds a sign with the portraits of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, which reads in Spanish: "I don't beli...
A woman holds up a sign that says in Spanish "Peace" during a protest against the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's...
Students chant slogans to protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, ...
A student chants slogans to protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday...
People protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2018. Pros...
People protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2018. Pros...
Students hold a sign that reads in Spanish "Where are they?" during a protest against the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of ...

Students hold a sign that reads in Spanish "It's not three, it's all of us" during a protest against the murder of three film students who have become...

A student holds a sign with the portraits of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, which reads in Spanish: "I don't beli...

A woman holds up a sign that says in Spanish "Peace" during a protest against the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's...

Students chant slogans to protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, ...

A student chants slogans to protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday...

People protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2018. Pros...

People protest the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of Mexico's missing, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2018. Pros...

Students hold a sign that reads in Spanish "Where are they?" during a protest against the murder of three film students who have become emblematic of ...

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered in Mexico's second-largest city to protest the deaths of three film students who were killed and dissolved in acid in a case that has highlighted the disappearance of the country's youth amid a vicious drug war.

The students were abducted March 19 on the outskirts of Guadalajara after working on a film project for school at a location that authorities say was being watched by members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel. Their disappearance had become emblematic of Mexico's 35,000 missing people and drew the attention of celebrities, including Oscar-winning Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

Mexicans were horrified by this week's announcement that they had been killed and dissolved in acid.

Local media reported 12,000 participants in Guadalajara and in another demonstration in Mexico City.