Dotted around the town are murals of the standard of the Army of the Three Guarantees from the country's war of independence, when generals Agustin de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero joined forces against the Spanish in 1821.
Today, the tricolour of the modern Mexican flag over the Municipal Palace in Iguala is blackened and charred. In the palace's central patio is a mound of damaged desks and chairs, plasterboard and ash-covered filing cabinets. The floor is strewn with papers and broken computers.
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