“Ayotzinapa—In Memory of the 43 Students Kidnapped on 9/26/2014 in Guerrero, Mexico”
By Jim Carey
Most of us are aware of the abduction on September 26, 2014, in the Guerrero town of Iguala, of the 43 freshman students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa. Many are unaware that 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.”
Guerrero: The Monster in the Mountains
Mon, Sep 26, 1pm
Occupy SMA meeting
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Amnesty International has cited a report by independent experts appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that “accuses the government of failing to follow up key lines of investigation, manipulating evidence, protecting officials suspected of involvement into the enforced disappearances, and torturing alleged suspects to secure ‘confessions.’ The experts were denied a request from the families to extend their mandate and continue with their investigation. There seems to be no limit to the Mexican government’s utter determination to sweep the Ayotzinapa tragedy under the carpet,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.”
Many of us visiting and living here are no longer surprised or shocked. 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 US$3 billion of US taxpayers’ money.
The US media has criticized the official version of Ayotzinapa as not being historical. Chief among them is the influential weekly The New Yorker and its eight-part series on Ayotzinapa, by Francisco Goldman (available online). Last year, the United Nations’ Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) also called on the Mexican government to create a national registry of forced disappearances (officially, the whereabouts of more than 27,000 people remains unknown) and to form a special unit to search for the disappeared.
When Alejandro G. Iñarritu won the Oscar for best director for Birdman in 2015, he said: “I want to dedicate this award to my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico. I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve.” Neither Televisa nor TV Azteca broadcast his remarks.
The New Yorker’s Francisco Goldman quotes Father Alejandro Solalinde, “perhaps the leading human-rights and oppositional civic voice in Mexico” as saying, “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.”
For those unfamiliar with the details of the event, we will show a 30-minute film giving a brief overview and update of this tragedy. We will remember the missing by reading their names. Occupy’s meetings and films are free and open to all. Join us for a discussion.