Performance for Ayotzinapa

By Sandra Ríos

On Thursday, March 26, people from San Miguel presented a performance in the courtyard of the Civic Square beside the Temple of Our Lady of Health in support of students missing from Ayotzinapa. This was six months after their disappearance. The performance was led by actress and activist Jesusa Rodríguez, who was emphatic in her questions to the audience about why the Ayotzinapa problem is still unresolved. The performers interpreted through speaking caricatures, Mexican cartoon characters, some were created 500 years ago. “We come out of lithography to tell the people of Mexico that we have seen many sleepy people watching television, and when a tragedy is forgotten and the relatives (parents of Ayotzinapa students) are left alone, the tragedy doubles. Oblivion is worse than death,” says Jesusa. She invited the speaking caricatures to place a candle and white carnations at an altar dedicated in honor of the missing students. Some of these caricatures were “Doña Caralampia Mondongo,” the spirit of criticism, a character developed by Guadalupe Posada; “El Pulque,” a character drawn by the pen of Daniel Cabrera; and “El Pelado,” a character that the actor Pedro Infante immortalized. This character was created in 1830 in the Orquesta Journal. A couple in love, the Mexican charro and the homeland of Mexico were among the others. Meanwhile, Jesusa acted out the “Hijo del Ahuizote,” based on a Mexican satirical magazine founded in 1885 by Daniel Cabrera and Manuel Pérez. During that period the magazine was characterized by its opposition to the regime of Porfirio Díaz through the dissemination of political cartoons and included the collaboration of José Guadalupe Posada. Jesusa stated that ex-procurador Murillo tried to close the Ayotzinapa case and make the parents of the students believe that everything was resolved, as in the time of President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, who in 1968 after the killing of students in Tlatelolco decided to change his secretary and put in a new one to give the appearance that all this was over. In the case of the ABC childcare disaster, it took years to find out that the cause was arson. In the performance, she interviewed each of the speaking cartoon figures to get their opinions. “El Pelado” said: “I think that they hide money through a super trick; I say it was the government who killed them, and that they have their ties to the crime.”


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