Ayotzinapa case: The 43 missing students could have been dispersed in small groups
The case of the missing students has been unsolved for five years – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Ayotzinapa case: The 43 missing students could have been dispersed in small groups

27/12/2019
19:40
EFE
Mexico City
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Justice has yet to come for the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College who were the victims of enforced disappearance in 2014

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New investigations into the disappearance of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa would indicate that the youths were taken in small groups to different places near the Mexican city of Iguala, lawyer Vidulfo Rosales told EFE on Thursday.

"The test data collected indicates that the students would most likely have been dispersed in several groups and taken to places near Iguala. It is being investigated," said Rosales, lawyer of the parents of the 43 missing students.

During the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City made by the parents of the Ayotzinapa students, the lawyer said that this conclusion was derived from an analysis of over 10,000 calls made after the night of September 26, 2014, the day they disappeared.

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He mentioned that there is no information that points to the students ending up in the Colula dump, as indicated by the so-called "historical truth" of the Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration (2012-2018), which concluded that place was were the students of the “Isidro Burgos” Rural Teachers' College were incinerated.

"Cocula's garbage dump was not the final destination of the students," said Rosales, who pointed out that they are also looking for them alive.

On Thursday, relatives and close friends of the youths, as well as civil organizations and supporters of the cause, arrived at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where some 500 protesters prayed and asked for the students who disappeared 63 months ago in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.

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Shouting "They were taken alive, we want them alive!", the relatives of the young people who disappeared in 2014 entered the basilica to ask for their children and for the truth about the event that, according to them, has been denied to them.

With photographs of the faces of their children, parents of the students said they have not lost faith and hope that justice will come.

One of the students' mothers went up to the altar to ask for the youths.

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"We are here, six Christmases without our children," she lamented and asked the virgin to help her children "to find their way back with good."

The Bishop of Chilpancingo, Salvador Rangel Mendoza, was the one who received and officiated the mass, during which he expressed his solidarity with parents, family, and friends of the students.

He said that if the truth is not found and there is no justice, the wounds left by the event cannot be healed.

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"It is an attempt against the dignity of life and a sin against the lives of the disappeared and many others," he said.

He asserted that the families are not alone in their search while he warned that life is threatened with all the murders, kidnappings, and extortions taking place in the country.

The parents of the disappeared students are planning to return to Mexico City on January 8 where they will have a meeting with the Attorney General's Office (FGR) and on January 10 with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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According to the official version, on the night of September 26, 2014, 43 young people were arrested by municipal police and handed over to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, who murdered them and cremated their remains in a garbage dump.

But a group of experts appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) investigated the case and argued that it was impossible for the 43 bodies to have been burnt in the dump and revealed that part of the official version was based on testimonies of tortured detainees.

The López Obrador administration reopened the case in December 2018 and established the so-called Presidential Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case.

In addition, the FGR created a special unit, which has rekindled the hope of family members to find the students.

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