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Ayotzinapa no se OlvidaMéxico 8/10/14M.O.G.A

moga-art:

Ayotzinapa no se Olvida
México 8/10/14
M.O.G.A

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What happened to the missing students in Mexico? →

thisisfusion:

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Mass graves were discovered shortly after 43 students from a rural college in southern Mexico disappeared after they were aggressively attacked by police on September 26.

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Student leaders say they don’t trust the government want independent confirmation of the bodies’ identities….

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viscerrealista:

Ayotzinapa somos todos 

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thepeoplesrecord:

Classmates of missing Mexico students vow ‘radical action’
October 9, 2014

Classmates of dozens of missing students in Iguala, a town in Mexico’s Guerrero state, have promised to take radical action if the students — who classmates said were “disappeared” for participating in a political protest last month — are not returned alive.

Federal police on Tuesday took over security in Iguala and began searching for 43 students still missing after clashes with local police that took place on Sept. 26 and left at least six people dead. The federal officers arrived after the discovery of a mass grave near the rural town, amid suspicion that local police conspired with an area drug gang to massacre dozens of students.

In response to the violence, the students — from a teachers college in nearby Ayotzinapa — have taken control of federal highways and tollbooths in Guerrero in recent days.

"We ask that all human rights organizations, from the local to the international level, help us in demanding justice," José Solano Ramírez, a student at the Ayotzinapa teachers college, told the Mexican human rights group Serapaz. “They (the students) were taken alive. We want them back alive.”

Guerrero State Attorney General Iñaky Blanco said Sunday that 28 bodies were found in a mass grave near Iguala. It is probable, he said, that some of the missing students are among the remains found at the site. Blanco said local police officials had handed over 17 students to the drug gang Guerreros Unidos, a remnant of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO), a once powerful criminal group in the region recently decimated by high profile arrests of its leaders. DNA testing to confirm the identities of the remains is expected to take weeks.

Nearly two dozen local police were arrested over the weekend in connection with the disappearances, and confessions have since confirmed the collaboration between local police and Guerreros Unidos.

The violence began Sept. 26 when students from the teachers college, which caters to the poor and indigenous, went to solicit donations and protest proposed government education reforms. Critics say the reforms would increase university fees and take away power from teachers’ unions. At least 50,000 students, teachers, and activists protested the same reforms in a march in Mexico City last week.

During the Iguala protest, local police fired on several buses — which had been commandeered by the students — killing four students and two bystanders. Soon afterward, 17 students were detained by police and handed over to Guerreros Unidos. Blanco said a local narcotics trafficker and a Guerreros Unidos member, both arrested after the Sept. 26 clashes, had confessed to killing the 17 students.

Iguala’s Mayor José Luis Abarca has been on the run since the Sept. 26 violence and is being investigated for possible involvement in the student disappearances. On Tuesday, CISEN, a federal security agency, reported that Abarca through the years has forged ties with the BLO.

The emerging evidence of police involvement in the student disappearances has snowballed into a major national crisis for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who since taking office has fought to shift attention away from rampant violence and toward a series of economic reforms circling through congress. On Monday, he vowed to find those behind the Guerrero violence.

“We need to find the truth and make sure the law is applied to those responsible for these outrageous, painful and unacceptable acts,” Peña Nieto said in a televised statement that was widely panned in Mexico for its brevity and because the president did not take any questions from journalists.

Peña Nieto has recently come under fire over another mass killing. Federal prosecutors last week announced charges against three soldiers accused of executing 22 gang suspects south of Mexico City in June. According to Attorney General Jesús Murrillo, the three soldiers entered a warehouse where the suspects were holed up and opened fire with “no justification whatsoever.”

Homicides have dropped slightly since Peña Nieto took office two years ago, but other crimes such as extortion and kidnapping are on the rise. There were nearly 23,000 homicides in Mexico in 2013, according to federal government statistics, with Guerrero among the most violent areas.

The state is home to Mexico’s vigilante or self-defense movement, which has seen armed citizen patrols protect communities from drug cartel violence and Mexico’s so-called Dirty War from the 1960s to the 1980s, when thousands who opposed government policies were killed or disappeared. 

Guerrero’s neighbor state to the north, Michoacán, has also experienced a rise in civilian self-defense groups in response to state and drug cartel violence. Late last year, such groups began fighting cartels they said were operating and exporting illegal goods from one of Mexico’s busiest ports, Lázaro Cárdenas.

In January the federal government sent reinforcements into Michoacán to cooperate with vigilantes in combatting the cartels. The self-defense groups allege that government forces stopped them from fighting, even arresting some of the vigilantes.

Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI) had been accused of a long history of involvement with extrajudicial killings and drug cartels when it was previously in power from 1929 to 1999.

In the Tlatelolco massacre of Oct. 2, 1968, up to 300 students and civilians were killed by government security forces in Mexico City. No officials were ever prosecuted for the killings, and students often organize protests on the same date calling for justice — as tens of thousands did last week in Mexico City. Another march was set to be held in Mexico City next Wednesday at the behest of the missing Ayotzinapa students’ families, who have asked for a day of national action calling for justice.

"What is happening in our state of Guerrero hurts — that there is no respect for the law or human rights and the individual rights of every person," said Guillermo Hernández Castro, a student at the Ayotzinapa teachers college. “We want justice. We demand that responsibility be placed on the material and intellectual authors of the crime. We want all those responsible to pay.”

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something-from-out-there:

Concentración en solidaridad con los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa, frente a la Embajada de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos en El Salvador.

#AyotzinapaSomosTodos 

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kenway asked: do you have any morel inks about what's happening in mexico? im part of a club at my school where we focus on international affairs and problems and id like to present something about it but i feel like i dont know enough yet


Answer:

lenmccoy:

yes absolutely

What is happening in Mexico? 

  • How it began

On September 26, students our age (~19-22) were attacked by the local police and gangs in Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico. They were studying to become teachers at Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa. I have read many articles about how the students were in the town to ask for money to help pay tuition, to protest discrimination of rural school teachers, to travel to commemorate another student massacre of 1968, etc., so I am unsure of what is what here. But the students were on the buses and police blocked their way to get the students out. When they did, they opened fire on the students at once. Some students threw rocks back in self-defense, but the students were unarmed. Six people died and 17 were injured. Three students died, a taxi driver, a woman in a taxi, and a football player that was just 15 years old (x). The injured were taken away by an ambulance, local journalists came, etc but it was not over as more men came in plain clothes and rifles (x). These men are apart of Guerreros Unidos and work for the Beltran Leyva cartel. The students were forced into police vans and have since disappeared. 43 students are missing.

Some of the students escaped by hiding in nearby houses. One terrified student tried running away, but he was found later yet with his eyes gouged out and his face completely sliced away to the bone. A YOUNG MAN only 19 years old suffered through this. (As a warning, be aware that there are photos online and that while searching deep through articles and tags, they are present.) A survivor of the attack says this is “symbol of the cartel assassins” (x).

22 local policemen have been detained for suspicion of working with Guerreros Unidos. This is how authorities were then tipped on what has happened to some students. (x) (x)

  • The Mass Graves

~ More than a week later, on Saturday, authorities found mass graves nearby that has 28 burned remains with the tips (x). We fear that this may be some of the students. We won’t have DNA analysis to confirm anything for another two weeks, if not longer.

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MORE mass graves were found yesterday, but it is still unknown about how many remains these graves have (x). 

UPDATE: Not all bodies in the graves belong to the students. (x) (x)

Keep in mind that the CITY MAYOR AND HIS WIFE are on the RUN. No one knows where they are. 

We still don’t understand the reason behind this violence. Why kidnap and kill these young men? There are several explanations online, but how do you explain something like this? One story is that the mayer’s wife was giving a speech that day and did not want to be disrupted by the students. Keep in mind that the wife is the head of the city’s family welfare department and also has family connections to cartels (x). There are other alternatives online, but I don’t know. I just don’t. 

  • You cannot be silent about what is happening in Mexico

You can’t. You just can’t. Social media has a big impact and this story has to spread. In the last 24 hours I have seen an incredible boost in coverage about Ayotzinapa.

On Wednesday, thousands protested the disappearance of the students in Mexico.

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Amounting pressure is being put on the Mexican government to find the missing students. There is also added outrage and demand ‘to punish politicians linked to organized crime’. It is no shock when considering the police corruption and brutality in Mexico. As Mexico bleeds, we all bleed. 

Americans cannot ignore the violence of drug cartels and place it as just a problem in Mexico. There is too much innocent bloodshed. And because BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars are collected in the United States by Mexican drug cartels, it is a shared responsibility (x). CHILDREN ARE DYING. Do not skim over these articles, do not just read them and do nothing, you have to act and spread the information. Do not be silent. Please, please, please help and pay attention. 

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TUMBLR TEXT POSTS (these have better information than I can explain)

If there any corrections that need to be included, please just add them in.

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thinkmexican:

Mexican Students Demand Justice for Missing Normalistas of Ayotzinapa

Thousands of Mexican college and high school students gathered on Wednesday to demand justice for the 43 missing normalistas of Ayotzinapa. At more than 30 universities and high schools nationwide, students held rallies in a show of solidarity for those missing, with many reading the names and displaying the photos of the missing normalistas.

Several hundred met later at PGR (Attorney General) headquarters in downtown Mexico City where many expressed their sorrow and anger with performance pieces and loud chants directed at government officials. Some in attendance broke office windows.

While some in the international press have forgotten about this story, Mexican students haven’t. They’re standing up for their fellow student, but most of all, their brother Mexican!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on the students of Aytozinapa

Photos credits: La Jornada, Proceso

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