Mexico’s Disappeared Students

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26/11/2014 by Don Quijones

On September 26, teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico were intercepted by police forces en route to a protest in Iguala. In the ensuing clash, six people were killed, and 43 Ayotzinapa students were taken away by the police. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire.

In the following two videos, VICE News travels to Guerrero, ground-zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students, and meets with survivors of the Iguala police attack.

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3 thoughts on “Mexico’s Disappeared Students

  1. penniewoodfall says:

    Thank you.

  2. Allan says:

    Don, I truly hope that you will continue to cover this story in as much detail and focus as possible. These are very difficult times for the people of Mexico. These may also be pivotal ones as well. Your efforts to keep the issues on the front pages can only help. Awareness is always the first step to change. Thanks for you part.

    • Don Quijones says:

      Thanks Allan. Will try to do my best to keep the story alive, at least among RGBS and Wolf Street readers. As you say, it could well be a pivotal moment for Mexico, a country for whom I have a great deal of affection.

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