Demonstration in San Miguel Against Violence in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero
By Sandra Ríos
Jesusa Rodríguez, an actress, director, playwright, and social activist living in San Miguel, placed a billboard in front of the Parroquia, where locals and tourists joined her, protesting the 43 missing students from the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa. The students disappeared after the bus they were traveling in was shot at by local police of Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26.
Sandra Rios: What is your opinion about the students of Ayotzinapa?
Jesusa Rodríguez: This has been happening in Mexico for many years, there are many missing people and Mexican society is aware of the “torture of disappearance.” In Mexico people vanish and that’s it like. They never existed. However, in other countries like Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, the torturers are in jail. Here, Echeverría (president of Mexico from 1970 to 1976) is still in his very quiet house, and this is since Diaz Ordaz (president of Mexico from 1964 to 1970; the killing of students in Tlatelolco on October 2, 1968, occurred during his government). So what we are seeing now is a Diaz Ordaz “reloaded” in Peña Nieto (current president of Mexico) and again with students. If this does not make young people and society in general react, it means that all of us are dead and missing. This time the outrage is more evident and growing, because they are also taking a political approach to the case, speculating with the pain of the parents, and to cover Tlataya (where the Mexico Army executed 15 people) another brutal execution barely a few days earlier than Ayotzinapa
I think if society is classist enough to forget this crime because they are poor students, then we are already giving a very clear face to the world: “we are corrupt and classists.” Because if they had been students from the Anahuac University or Tecno-lógico de Monterrey, Peña Nieto would have already been fired by his own bosses who have their children in these universities. But since they are poor students, it doesn’t matter if they disappear or if they have been killed.
SR: The priest Alejandro Solalinde, says they were burned alive, what do you say about that?
JR: Well, today (October 22) the Secretaría de Gobernación will receive him; let’s see what happens. What will happen will be the message Mexico will send to the world. If he says, “they were burned alive,” which is most likely, then Peña Nieto will not be able to recover the image of “The Happy World” that Televisa (TV company) wanted to give him, about he and the Gull (nickname of his wife) flying in a 7,000 million pesos plane. So, the little theater will fall over them. Now they must be thinking about what nonsense they going to invent to say what happened to those boys. The other is to say that they just disappeared—as if people could disappear just like that. No, things and people do not disappear. If this society allows it, this society has the president it deserves. People have to leave their homes, their comfort zone and stop saying, “I already signed up by Internet and I participated.”
Damián Alcázar, Mexican actor, was also present at this act.
SR: What do you think about what is happening now in Guerrero?
Damián Alcázar: Right now what is happening is that they try to cover the well after that the boy drowned. They should get to work in time to not allow these things to happen, because they know who are the mayors, governors, senators, the people of political and economic power that would be involved in this sort of thing, they know it and they should just disable the possibility of exercising such actions of impunity.
SR: Students from different parts of Mexico have been demonstrating about this case. How do you see this?
DA: There will always be a response by different sectors of the population, in this case the students, who belong to the thinking stratum and have a rebellious and critical attitude, as well as some intellectuals. Young people have to do it, because afterwards they will become part of the system. Although they are from the most expensive uni-versities in the country, like the Ibero (Universidad Iberoamericana) where Peña Nie-to was questioned and shouted about the disgraceful affair that happened in Atenco (youth who were raped by police who never paid for those offenses) when he was governor of this state.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the interviewed. Atención is only reporting