Since Mexico began it’s war on drug trafficking back in 2006 around 100,000 people have died. Around 25,000 disappeared. The case of Ayotzinapa’s 43 missing students remains at the heart of ongoing debate: why were the students massacred? How, one year on, has the case not yet been closed?
As protestors took to the streets of Mexico City and across the country, in protest of President Peña Nieto’s unjust approach to unearthing the students’ fate, famous politicians, authors and journalists have reacted to the tragedy one year on.
“This is the response of an indignant housewife.”
“It’s a country taken over by drug trafficking and drug trafficking is even within the government… I’m not a political scientist, this is the response of an indignant housewife.” Author Elena Poniatowska commented.”
“We shouldn’t be surprised, the country has been run by a right-wing state for the past 70-years. What were we hoping for? That as if by magic we were going to become Sweden?” Historian and intellectual Enrique Krauze added.
Yet it’s the victims’ families which continue to remain at the center of a human rights campaign and ongoing media circus.
It’s anger against Peña Nieto which continues to fuel this flame.
Protestors brandished placards reading “Out Peña Nieto” and “No more disappeared or deaths” during weekend marches, the BBC reports.
An extra six victims
It’s not just the students who were affected, the AFP writes, an additional six bystanders were killed on September 26, dying at the hands of police violence.
Julio César Mondragón was traveling on one of the buses seized by the students. Caught up in police violence, his bloody corpse, displaying signs of mutilation and torture, was uncovered about a mile away from the scene.
Unclosed files, shady evidence and dodgy deals have meant that the Mondragón’s lawyer Sayuri Herrera, has seen the family’s case weakened.
“There’s not even clarity in the accusations,” Herrera commented.
Yet as two of the students remains have allegedly been recovered, for the outstanding 41, justice still remains a long way off.
For that very reason, victims’ families and Mexico as a whole took to the streets, proving that this time, they won’t go down without a fight.