Ayotzinapa: four years later

How can 43 students, in a small city, disappear in a matter of hours?

Ayotzinapa: four years later
A performance representing the 43 missing students – Photo: Ulises Ruiz Basurto/EFE
English 26/09/2018 09:21 Mexico City Newspaper Leader Actualizada 12:10

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In Mexico's history, there are times when society takes certain events as their banner, in order not to forget about them, and with the purpose of not them being repeated.

The 1968 movement is perhaps the most significant one, but this Wednesday, it's the 4th anniversary of another event that has gained the support of national and international organizations, and it also generates monthly demonstrations: the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa's Training Teacher Rural College. The demand is simple: the return of the students, alive, or the clarification of the case. The most serious problems, the country has faced in the last years combined, unfortunately, in Iguala, where the events took place.

The figure of the municipal president is a character with a tyrannic power on the local level, mostly concentrated on treating his term as a loot.

The criminal groups linked to drug dealing have a wide control over several regions in the country, and have influence over police corporations and in the political arena, through threats and bribes.

And lastly, the impunity levels registered in Mexico. Those who have been victims of a crime know that the chances of the transgressor being punished or pays for the damage are of 1%, according to data from the Global Impunity Index.

How can 43 students in a small city disappear in a matter of hours? Who really controls the areas struck by criminal violence?

The “historic truth” set out by the Attorney General's Office convinced a few people, meanwhile, a group of experts points at the inconsistencies in the investigations carried out by the authorities, which couldn't be fully supported.

The incoming government has revealed that it will create a Truth Commission. It will be the government's last chance to clean their image before a society who distrust the authorities' every move. The task won't be easy, as the results obtained must satisfy millions of people.

Learning the truth about a case that has stayed in the center of public opinion for four years is a pressing matter for a country that needs to trust in their justice system and institutions again.