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Mexico Report: Arbitrary Detentions During Protests Against President Enrique Pena Nieto's Inauguration

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Mexican federal police fire tear gas at protestors outside the National Congress, where Mexico's new president Enrique Pena Nieto took the oath of office, in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Protests against the new president began early Saturday morning with violent confrontations in the streets and protest speeches from opposition parties inside the congress. Protestors continued through the afternoon, vandalizing downtown businesses, smashing storefront glass windows and setting office fu | AP

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico City's human rights commission says police arbitrarily detained people during protests against the party of the president who was sworn in over the weekend.

The independent organization says in a Thursday report that 22 people were randomly chosen by the capital's police. The document says they detained people peacefully protesting the inauguration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, helping the injured, documenting the demonstrations or just passing by.

Pena Nieto brought the Institutional Revolutionary Party back to the presidency after a 12-year break. The party governed for 71 years using a mix of handouts and rigged votes before losing the 2000 and 2006 elections.

Hundreds of protesters threw firebombs at police and smashed windows on inauguration day. At least 76 people were injured and 103 detained.

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