More than three weeks after the forcible disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, their whereabouts are still unknown. 6 mass-grave sites have been identified containing at least 28 cadavers. According to Jesús Murillo Karam, head of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), the DNA evidence does not match that of the 43 students. Argentine specialists who joined the work to identify the bodies that have been located have claimed that this conclusion cannot be definitively reached yet, and that an additional 15 days to 2 months would be required for them to present their conclusions. For their part, relatives of the disappeared students and communal police from the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State (UPOEG) have located four new grave-sites.
In the meanwhile, protests continue both in Guerrero, as in other parts of the Mexican Republic. Teachers from the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) and comrades of the students occupied banks and radio stations in Chilpancingo. One day prior, governmental offices burned in the same city. The protests have been increasingly radicalized, leading state governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero to report that mayors of 16 of the 81 municipalities of the state decided to suspend activities in said municipalities on Friday 17 October so as to “avoid all types of confrontations,” making reference to the protests that were expected to demand the presentation of the disappeared students.
The Ayotzinapa case has also generated repudiation outside of Mexico. On 12 October, the representative of the European Union (EU) condemned the violent acts in the Tlatlaya municipality, Mexico State (wherein 22 civilians died, 14 due to gunfire and 8 other due to executions carried out by 3 soldiers after they surrendered on 30 June), a well as the crimes committed against students in the Iguala municipality of Guerrero.
For more information (in Spanish):
18 ayuntamientos de Guerrero cierran ante protestas por el caso Ayotzinapa (CNN México, 16 de octubre de 2014)
Y luego de 19 días, con 50 detenidos y 10 fosas, los 43 siguen desaparecidos (Sin embargo, 15 de octubre de 2014)
Halla la UPOEG cuatro fosas y una osamenta de mujer en el cerro Gordo, en Iguala (El Sur de Acapulco, 15 de octubre de 2014)
Miles de universitarios exigen justicia por caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 15 de octubre de 2014)
Equipo argentino refuta a la PGR: no identifica aún cuerpos de fosas de Iguala. (Proceso, 14 de octubre de 2014)
La Unión Europea expresa su preocupación por los casos Tlatlaya e Iguala (CNN México, 12 de octubre de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)