Mexico’s Constitutional Court has ordered the government to stop using the word “nonsense” to describe the protests that have been raging since February over the handling of the case of the murder of two activists.
The ruling was made public Thursday by the Supreme Court, which is considering a petition to have the court declare that the word was misleading and was intended to provoke fear in the public.
The court is also weighing a request to have it put to a vote.
The Constitutional Court in late February had ordered the Government of President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop referring to the protests as “anti-constitutional” and to refer to them as “protesters” instead.
Pena, in a speech at a military parade in January, had said that his government would “put to the test all efforts to obstruct the exercise of its powers.”
The protests have spread to the capital, Mexico City, and in other cities around the country.
They are the largest protest movement in recent years and have turned violent, causing millions of dollars in damage.
The country’s attorney general said Wednesday that more than 4,000 people have been arrested and more than 3,000 have been injured in recent days, with police using tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to quell the unrest.