Four years since 43 Ayotzinapa students were disappeared by state and criminal forces in Guerrero, Mexico, impunity continues as the victims’ families continue their tireless search for their loved ones.
On 26 September, we will hold an action to demand justice from the Mexican government, whose efforts have impeded the truth coming to light. We will also stand in solidarity with the missing students and their families and remind the world that we are still watching and that we demand the students be returned alive. More than 40,000 people are currently disappeared in Mexico in what has been described by international observers as a grave human rights crisis.
The location will be disclosed closer to the date, but please join us if you can. The action will include speakers from different groups – please get in touch if you would like to say a few words.
On the night of 26 September 2014, the students of the teacher training school ‘Raúl Isidro Burgos’ were attacked in a coordinated way by members of organised crime and different police forces. Members of the army had information that may have served to prevent the attack, but they denied help to the victims on multiple occasions.
The grim outcome of this prolonged attack was that three students and three bystanders were murdered and more than twenty persons were severely injured. A further group of young football players (whom the police confused with the Ayotzinapa students) were ambushed, and 43 students from Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared by police and ultimately handed over to local drug traffickers. To this day, their whereabouts remains unknown.
The investigation conducted by the Mexican government has sought to deny responsibility of state forces by manipulating evidence and obtaining testimonies by means of torture. Meanwhile, the families of the 43 students have relentlessly fought for their return alive, confronting both institutional efforts to criminalise their struggle and the passing of time.
Resisting the oblivion to which most of the victims of violence in Mexico are condemned, the parents of Ayotzinapa have launched a call for global solidarity with the 43 disappeared students and their families. In response to this call, we also aim to highlight the stories of the more than 40,000 people currently disappeared in Mexico and to amplify the voices of those searching for them, for truth, justice and memory.
More info: Ayotzinapa. One Year On, Published in Novara Media by London Mexico Solidarity.