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Protest in San Miguel for the 43 Ayotzinapa Students

By Sandra Ríos

Mexico wore black on November 20, when several demonstrations took place in the country to protest the missing 43 students of Ayotzinapa.

Artists, activists, entrepreneurs, students, NGO representatives, and the public in general in San Miguel summoned the protests with a march that started at 5:30pm in front of the Parroquia.

Several young people dressed as “El Pípila,” wore “a stone” on their backs that displayed the pictures of the students. They were followed by a contingent of around 500 people who marched from El Centro to the recently inaugurated Convention Center, La Casona. The contingent cried, “You took them alive; we want them alive,” and “It was the State’s fault.”

Because access to La Casona was denied, the contingent took the protest to the El Pípila roundabout at Salida a Celaya, where they sang the Mexican national anthem and demanded that President Enrique Peña Nieto resign.

Alberto Aveleyra, who participated in the protest, said that he was there for Mexico, the youth in our country, and all Latin America, “Right now the country doesn’t move in any positive direction, and we had to organize ourselves as a civil society in order to make changes to end corruption that is rotting Mexico. This is the first time that all social levels of Mexico raise their voices at the same time for the same matter. Corruption can no longer be present in this country.”

Marie Moebius, who also attended the meeting, said, “This movement is necessary to show our solidarity with the families of the missing 43.We are here in support of them; they are not alone.”

Ercilia Sahores, Mónica Hoth, and Pamela Cordero were also members of the contingent. They said they have the impression that in both Mexico and Latin America there is widespread impunity. “People saw this reaction coming; unfortunately, it was detonated by the disappearance of the 43 students. I think there is no place for impunity anymore, and demonstrations like this are a good example of that,” said Sahores.

Monica Hoth said she was tired of the abuse from authorities of this country “because the State does not represent me. I think Mexicans deserve a better life without living in fear because we are governed by a bunch of thieves who, again, do not represent us.”

Cordero stated that she was tired of seeing so much pain and suffering because of corruption and injustice. “I think this is an important moment in which all Mexicans and humans join their forces and thoughts for a change of consciousness.”


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