16 great photos from Monday's Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa
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16 great photos from Monday's Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa

Thousands of people took to the streets in Mexico City and other cities across Mexico and the world to mark four months since the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college in Guerrero state.

Led by family members of the disappeared students, marchers began at four different locations in the capital and converged in the central Zócalo, holding photos of the students and chanting. There were also marches and demonstrations in the state of Guerrero, where the students were from, as well as Veracruz and Chiapas.

Demonstrators and family members said they hoped to put more pressure on the government, which has made little progress on the case since the students disappeared on September 26, 2014. The former mayor of Iguala and his wife have been arrested, and the remains of one student, Alexander Mora, have been identified, but the other 42 are still missing.

In a video released on Sunday, families asked people to join Monday’s marches or take other peaceful action.

“Our children were massacred and kidnapped by the government,” said Berta Ramírez Nava, mother of missing student Julius Ramírez Nava, in the video. “The government will see that we are not few, we are the majority and we are not going to shut up.”

Speaking to the crowd gathered in the Zócalo, family members asked the Mexican people to continue calling on the government to find the remains of the students and bring those responsible to justice. Felipe de la Cruz, the spokesman for the families, also urged residents of Guerrero state not to vote in the next round of elections in June, saying that “voting is voting for organized crime.” De la Cruz said they hoped residents would form alternative assemblies and find other ways to organize, rather than participating in the corrupt political system.

Family members and supporters vowed to continue demonstrating on the 26th day of each month until the government responds to their requests.

Take a look at the photos from Monday’s march:



Nuns carry a banner that reads in Spanish “Justice and peace in Mexico.” Photo: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

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Protestors carrying signs that read in Spanish “We are all Ayotzi” and “No forgiving, No forgetting.” Photo: AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

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A protestor on crutches kicks a fake head into a fire as demonstrators burn the figure of a monster with six heads, representing current and past politicians in the Zócalo. Photo: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

Like previous days of action for Ayotzinapa, other cities around the world also held commemorative events, featuring skeletons, umbrellas and even snowmen.

In Madrid, Spain:

Berlin, Germany:

Davos, Switzerland:

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