Report: Mexican federal police involved in Ayotzinapa disappearances
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Report: Mexican federal police involved in Ayotzinapa disappearances

Reposted with permission from The Pan-American Post

On SundayProceso magazine published an investigative report that directly contradicts the official account of the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa. The investigation, which is based on leaked government documents and a Guerrero state report on the events leading up to the September 26 disappearances, implicates federal police officials in the crime.

According to Proceso, the Guerrero report shows that federal forces were aware of the students’ protests in Iguala that day and were watching them closely. The magazine claims the report clearly shows that federal police joined in the repression of the student demonstration, in which officers and unknown gunmen shot and killed at least six people.

The article also claims that internal documents from the attorney general’s office question government of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s handling of key witnesses and suspects in the case. The documents reportedly show that the main witnesses all bore signs of torture and abuse at the hands of police interrogators.

As Proceso author Anabel Hernández told HuffPost for the latter’s helpful rundown of the magazine investigation, the piece reveals that the Peña Nieto administration is purposefully covering up the extent to which corrupt federal officials knew about or even facilitated the disappearances. “We have information that proves the federal government knew what was happening in the moment it was happening, and participated in it,” Hernandez said.

If true, the allegation would prove a point that security analysts and human rights groups have been arguing for years: state or federal police are not necessarily less corrupt than their local counterparts. This is an important argument, as it refutes the logic of “centralization equals greater police accountability,” which underpins Peña Nieto’s plans to place local police under state control.

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