By Jim Carey
Saturday, September 26, is the first anniversary of the tragic abduction and disappearance of 43 students from the Normal Rural School Raúl Isidro Burgos, the poorest teachers’ school in Guerrero. In January, both Amnesty International and the US-based Human Rights Watch criticized the “faltering investigations overseen by the Mexican government … as a crime that has shocked the world and a tragedy which has changed the distorted perception that the human rights situation has been improving in Mexico since President Peña Nieto took power in 2012.” Occupy will look at a new September report from the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States, which castigates the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) for multiple transgressions. The worst mistake cited was the loss of video from a camera that might have provided a view of the incident. They concluded, “There was no evidence to support the government’s conclusion that the students were executed by a drug gang that then burned the bodies to ashes in a garbage dump. Not only did physical evidence contradict the government’s version of what happened to the students, but the review showed that federal police and soldiers knew that the students were being attacked by the municipal police and failed to intervene … We ask the Mexican authorities … to make a general reassessment of the entire investigation … The brutal actions show the extent of impunity in which the state security forces acted along with organized crime … Even with the world watching and with substantial resources at hand, the authorities proved unable or unwilling to conduct a serious investigation.”
Film and Discussion
Mon, Sep 28,1pm
Occupy San Miguel Meeting
Quinta Loreto Hotel
For many of us visiting and living here, all of this has been sadly shocking. We love Mexico and its people and wish only that the US under Bush and Obama had never funded this War on Drugs, which has killed over 100,000 and spent three billion dollars of US taxpayers’ money.
We give the last word to Francisco Goldman of The NewYorker: “Father Alejandro Solalinde, the leading humanrights and oppositional civic voice in Mexico, likes to say, ‘… reimagine … reinvent … I am talking about a peaceful revolution … We have to inform people and contribute to organizing from below, and do it without hiding; we should be openly subversive and say to the system: we don’t want you … that from below we are going to organize in order to reinvent this bad government.’”
Occupy will show three short videos, and our discussion will follow. There is no charge.