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An Update on the 43 Missing Students from Guerrero

By Atención Staff

The Attorney General’s Office recently presented videos that showed burned remains that match up with the 43 students who disappeared from Guerrero. The PGR cannot totally assure that the remains belong to the students, which is why they are still calling them “missing” for investigative purposes. On the other hand, the victims’ relatives and social activists are calling a national strike on November 20, the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. This is a summons that keeps growing on social media.

The indignation regarding the case of the missing students from Ayotzinapa in Guerrero rose after declarations from Jesús Murillo Karam, Federal Attorney General, that he was “tired” when journalists wanted to ask more questions about the case. After the press conference, social networks lashed into him.

The next day after the announcement, there was a protest in Mexico City, where the protestors screamed, “You took them alive; we want them alive.” With the national strike, activists seek to take control of public institutions, blocking airports and stopping activities in all the cities as a protest against stop murders committed by public servants. Although there is nothing clear on the structure of this strike at present, activists invite Mexicans not to work, go to school, buy anything, or watch television for one day. There is also propaganda asking for Enrique Peña Nieto’s resignation this year before December 1.

In context

A survivor of the case states that on September 26, the students from Ayotzinapa took two buses to get to the city of Iguala, Guerrero. From there they took two more buses to go to practice in Costa Chica de Guerrero and to send representatives to participate in the commemoration of October 2, the date of the murder of students in Tlatelolco.

In Iguala, Mayor José Luis Abarca ordered the municipal police to stop them, supposing that the students would hold a demonstration during his wife’s (María de los Ángeles Pineda)report of activities (she was president of the municipal DIF). Because of this illegal action, three students were murdered, 25 more were wounded, and 43 were arrested and were later missing.

The 43 students, according to information from the PGR, were arrested and taken to the local police station in Iguala, then transported to a point between Iguala and Cocula and given to those who later killed and burned them. The investigation attracted the General Attorney’s Office ten days later because of the incompetence of the Guerrero Attorney General and participation of organized crime.

While the students were missing, several demonstrations took place within the country, including in San Miguel de Allende.

On November 7, Murillo Karam advised that the investigation for the identification of the burned bones must be conducted by the world’s most prestigious laboratories at Innsbruck University in Austria. Because of the extreme calcination of the bones, the experts cannot give a deadline to hand over the results. The Presidency of the Mexican Republic published the entire press conference on


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