Guerrero: New aggressions against students in Ayotzinapa

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On 14 November, students of Rural Normal schools in the country, in support of their comrades at the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, held a march in Chilpancingo and occupied public buildings to reject what they have called violent actions taken against them.  The mobilization took place to recall the repression, they said, to which they were subjected five years ago by state police, upon being displaced by tear gas from the site of the state Congress.  They also demanded justice for the murder of their comrades who were killed on 12 December 2011.  Even on 10 November, there was another act of repression targeting students carried out by police on the federal highway between Iguala and Chilpancingo, where five students were reportedly detained and subsequently tortured as they were participating in activities to raise funds for the Wednesday march.

Diego Castro Rodríguez, spokesperson for the Ayotzinapa school, denounced that to date there had not been clarified the murder of his comrades, Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús and Alexis Herrera Pino, who were killed during the displacement of protest on 12 December as carried out by state police in their attempt to put an end to the blockade of the Sol highway.  Furthermore, they have requested that the Chamber of Deputies report on the advances in the political trial they have demanded against Governor Ángel Aguirre for his presumed responsibility for these acts.

Lastly, on 15 November, armed men intercepted and attacked normalist students from Ayotzinapa and the bus-driver who was returning them to Chilpancingo, after having taken members of social organizations to support the march on 14 November in Atoyac.  The spokesperson Diego Castro Domínguez reported that this new attack is a clear attempt at repression taken to put an halt on mobilizations to demand justice for the murder of Gabriel Echeverría y Jorge Herrera.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan en Guerrero normalistas de Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 14 de noviembre de 2012)

Interceptan hombres armados camión de normalistas que regresaban a Chilpancingo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de noviembre 2012)

Normalistas de Ayotzinapa marchan en Chilpancingo (La Razón, 16 de noviembre 2012)

Demandan normalistas justicia en Guerrero (Reforma, 15 de noviembre 2012)

Marchan normalistas de Ayotzinapa (Milenio, 16 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: “The Ayotzinapa case cannot remain in impunity” – OMCT (16 August 2012)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)

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