Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students

On 12 June, six months after the displacement of the Sol Highway, the students association of the Normal Rural of Ayotzinapa released a communiqué demanding that the law be applied against those responsible for the deaths of the students Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús and Alexis Herrera Pino, who were students of this institution who patricipated in the December mobilizations.

They denounce: “Six months after this authoritarian act of intolerance during which youth protest was met with bullets, we say that Ayotzinapa continues to demand justice […]. [T]hose who are responsible for the murders of our comrades have not been sentenced and they could benefit from impunity, while those responsible for torture also continue to experience impunity and the politically and intellectually responsible continue without having been called to justice.”

They indicate furthermore that “The historical Recommendation 1VG/2012 of the CNDH continues not to be observed.  On the contrary, we as human-rights defenders confront new death-threats such as the ones that have led Vidulfo Rosales Sierra [lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, who was representing the Ayotzinapa case and had to leave the country due to death-threats] to take extreme measures to protect himself.”

Referring to the I am 132 movement, which they officially joined on Sunday 10 June, they note that “Today throughout the country the youth, male and female, are raising their voices so that we be recognized as a social movement that is capable of leading the awakening of our country.  We remember that Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino and Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús gave their lives for protest, being 19 and 21 years of age.”

On 10 June, youth and teachers carried out marches in Guerrero to support the national movement #Iam132 to reject presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto in Chilpancingo, Acapulco, Taxco y Atoyac.  They also advanced local demands such as calls for better education and less violence, and better study and working conditions,among other things.  In Chilpancingo, beyond being heard “Ibero maintains itself, while Guerrero rises up!”, a slogan that alludes to the university that is the origin of the #IAm132 movement, there could also be heard “12 December is not forgotten; this is a combative struggle!”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa de los estudiantes de la Ayotzinapa (12 de junio de 2012)

Exigen aplicar la ley en caso Ayotzinapa a seis meses del desalojo(Milenio, 12 de junio de 2012)

Más educación, menos violencia, reclaman jóvenes del #YoSoy132 (La Jornada, 11 de junio de 2012)

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