Three years after Ayotzinapa

In silence, relatives of the 43 disappeared students remembered the third anniversary of the tragic events that took place in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, 2014

A woman takes part in a march to mark the anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa – Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters
English 27/09/2017 14:00 Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English Mexico City Diana Lastiri Actualizada 14:00
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In silence, relatives of the 43 disappeared students remembered the third anniversary of the tragic events that took place in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, 2014.

The march started in the Angel of Independence, where a mass was officiated in honor of the 43 students, for those who have disappeared in Mexico and for those who died in the devastating earthquake that hit Mexico on September 19.

Felipe de la Cruz, spokesman for the parents of the disappeared students, said that three years later, the case is disappointing, due to the "government inability" to search for the truth and do justice. "It has been three years and we feel that we are stuck," he said.

The "Anti-monumento 43" challenges the Government and the passengers acting as a constant reminder of the Ayotzinapa student’s enforced disappearance - Photo: Sofía Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

According to Amnesty International, on September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teaching school in Iguala, Guerrero were subjected to enforced disappearance. Weeks later, the burned remains of one of them were found.

In October 2014, Iguala police found around thirteen mass graves in the area and Mexico’s Attorney General, Jesús Murillo Karam, announced the arrest of the alleged leader of the drug gang Guerreros Unidos, Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado, 36 municipal police officers from Iguala and Cocula, and 17 members of other criminal gangs. The arrests were all in connection with the disappearance of the students.

By the end of October, Murillo Karam said that Iguala mayor José Luis Abarca and his wife ordered the attack against the students and in November, both were arrested in Mexico City.

On July 2016, the Inter American Commission on Human Rights approved a mechanism to follow up on the findings with the aim of determining the whereabouts of the students.

Three years later, and without any real support from the authorities, it is unlikely that those responsible will face justice.

The relative's movement has protested every August 26 in Mexico City, marching along Paseo de la Reforma, demanding results of the investigation before the Offices of the Attorney General.

However, and while Mexico city is still struggling after the earthquake that hit the country on September 19, the protest actions this year have been postponed.

Mario César Moreno, the father of one of the disappeared, said that they know the feeling of those who continue looking for their relatives among the debris, and said: "How can we not feel their pain? How can we not sympathize with these people? For us, it is difficult to numb the pain three years later, and  knowing that there are families that are feeling what we feel, that there are families that do not find their loved ones, how to be indifferent?"

For more information regarding Ayotzinapa student’s enforced disappearance visit the following links.

Mexico: Ayotzinapa student’s enforced disappearance – Timeline:

Two years on, Peña Nieto cannot brush off Ayotzinapa stain:

The Ayotzinapa stories:


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