Ayotzinapa: Mexico’s corruption and the 43 missing students

As an answer to the recent situation in the country and the general corruption and violence scenario in Mexico, Mexicans and people from other countries, especially youth people have expressed themselves. Enormous protests supporting the 43 students were made inside and outside of Mexico, with marches, night journeys, theater acts, music, pictures, videos and more. The protests happened in more than 120 cities, including the capital of Brazil: Brasília.

In the past November 20th, anniversary of the Mexican Revolution the “Global Action Day for Ayotzinapa”. In Brasilia, the manifestation happened in the University of Brasilia, with participation of people from Brazil, Colombia, Syria, France, Ecuador and Mexico, and was organized by 5 Mexicans, including me. In this pacific protest the participants manifested with flyers, showing support messages to the disappeared students like “We are all Ayotzinapa”, “I’m Ayotzinapa”, “We want them alive” and other messages calling the government to act.

The manifestations have had great effects like the: international media attention in the situation in Mexico, the pressure of the international community (countries and International Organisms and Organizations) calling for justice and the most important: the awakening of the people of Mexico to end the corruption and insecurity that suffers the country and to demand a better, safe and fair country.

Background of the situation:

More than 4 months ago, in the city of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, 43 students disappeared in a clash with the police and the criminal organization “Guerreros Unidos”. In this clash 6 people died (3 students, a football player and 2 civilians), and another 17 people were injured.

On October 5th. of 2014, the State Prosecutor announced that were found different underground pits with 28 dead bodies without identity, some of them burned alive.

The results of the investigation made by the Prosecutor’s office and the PGR declared that there were 29 suspects of the crime, including 22 police officers of the city of Iguala. The attack happened during a protest made by the disappeared students against the corruption in the Iguala’s government and against the mayor of Iguala José Luis Abarca, who along his wife María de los Angeles Pineda, ordered the criminal group “Guerreros Unidos” by his leader, called “El Choky”, to disappear these students. This because Abarca wanted that his wife succeeded him as mayor, and because both of them had close relations with the criminal groups of the state.

On November 4th. of 2014, Abarca and his wife were captured in Mexico City, but even now the leader of the criminal group is still free, along with other criminals responsible for the crime, and most important of all, the 43 students continue disappeared and several bodies continue without identity.

On January 27th. of this year, Murillo Karam, head of the PGR, the maximum institution in the Mexican government to prosecute criminals, declared that the results of the investigation concluded that the 43 students were burned and all of them died in the same place, but these “results” have several illogical points, first of all, it was made without the complete results of the DNA found in Cocula, the place where supposedly the students were thrown after the murder, the investigation were result of some bodies found in the San Juan river, when previously the PGR stated that they were burned in Cocula, experts from Argentina and Switzerland were part of the investigation, but none of them could conclude nothing for sure. The government has constantly made declarations that contradict themselves, clearly showing the mistakes in their own work.

The corruption situation in the government of Guerrero and in the federal government is unbelievable. There have been several investigation that confirm that the President Enrique Peña Nieto has relations with the narco, along with other politicians from his political party PRI, and from the political party of Abarca (PRD), and the other parties like PAN and PV. The political scenario in Mexico is getting darker.

 By: Fernando Márquez



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