Mexican authorities are attempting to block a gathering of anti-government protesters in the capital, Mexico City, by arresting thousands of protesters, according to an Interior Ministry statement on Thursday.
The government said the arrests were made in response to a “dangerous movement” and that those arrested had been ordered to surrender their arms.
It did not say what the protesters were protesting, who they were and where they were gathering.
On Tuesday, a crowd of demonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace and set fires to a building housing the office of the interior ministry, injuring one of the officials.
The protest was called by the leftist opposition.
The ministry said it would “respond to all the threats to public order.”
The violence erupted when police arrested more than 30 people, including about 50 people at a public park.
It is the second time in less than a week that protesters have gathered outside of the presidential residence.
Protesters blocked the street and set fire to the building in November, after the government declared a state of emergency in Mexico.
The violence erupted after the Interior Ministry said it had found more than 1,000 people who were being paid to march against the president.
The protesters then set fires in a nearby park.
A protester in the center of Mexico City fires a flare toward a police vehicle on October 15, 2017.
(Photo by: Antonio Miguel Gomez, AP)The Interior Ministry had issued a call on Thursday to all people to obey the law and refrain from inciting or inciting violence against police.
It said the government will provide “necessary measures” to protect the constitutional order and said the “national and international community must remain vigilant.”
The ministry did not elaborate.