On the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa, marches and other activities were organized to demand justice and truth as regards their disappearance.
In Mexico City, a march was organized from the Angel of Independence where, as part of the mobilization, a stop was made at the anti-monument +43 for the roll call of their names and then continued to the capital’s main square.
In Iguala, Guerrero, a march was also organized to demand the presentation of the students and where a floral offering was placed. In New York a vigil was held outside the Mexican Consulate dedicated to Antonio Tizapa, one of the disappeared.
For their part, the parents of the disappeared issued a statement in which they criticized “the reluctance” of the government in the investigation of the case, and “the slowness” with which the Attorney General’s Office is walking. This is due to the forty arrest warrants that have not yet been executed; the still impossible extradition of Tomas Zeron de Lucio, and the lack of investigation against the elements of the 27th infantry battalion who had participated in the disappearance of their sons.
The Human Rights Office said that “relevant progress” has been made, such as the identification of the remains of two students between 2020 and this year, as well as the investigation of acts of torture during the statements of the alleged perpetrators, in the construction of the called “historical truth”but, it pointed out that it is “of the utmost importance to transform the progress made into concrete actions that aim to break the pact of silence and the obstacles to knowing the truth of what happened.”
In the document, parents say they are ill or with little physical strength: “Time passes and our hearts wither, our body and health worsen, we lose physical strength”, they said, remembering the parents who have died without knowing the whereabouts of their children. However, they ratified that “we will we give up for any reason, even when the road is difficult to travel, the love for our young people is immense, so we will overcome any adversity, no matter how difficult it may be.”
For more information in Spanish:
Gobierno “vacila en investigar” al ejército en Caso Ayotzinapa: padres y madres de los 43 (Educa Oaxaca, 27 de septiembre de 2021)
Comunicado: A siete años nuestra herida sigue sangrando (Tlachinollan, 27 de septiembre de 2021)
Los familiares de los 43 de Ayotzinapa: “Antes soñaba por las noches que mi hijo regresaba, pero ya no lo sueño más” (El País, 26 de septiembre de 2021)
Noticias ONU: Ayotzinapa (Naciones Unidas, 27 de septiembre de 2021)
Desaparición de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa 7° aniversario (Milenio, 26 de septiembre de 2021)
Marcha a 7 años de Ayotzinapa hizo un alto en antimonumento (La Jornada, 26 de septiembre de 2021)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Guerrero/National: Key Piece of Investigation Lost with Murder of Criminal Leader in Ayotzinapa Case(August 6, 2021)
Guerrero/National: Mario Casarrubias, Co-founder of Guerreros Unidos, Linked to Ayotzinapa Case, Dies from COVID-19 (July 29, 2021)
Guerrero: Former Commander of Ministerial Police Linked to Ayotzinapa Case Murdered (June 17, 2021)
Guerrero/National: Remains of One of Ayotzinapa 43 Identified (June 17, 2021)