March for Ayotzinapa in Mexico City, 26 August 2015. Photo @SIPAZ
As on every 26th of the month, several people came together in a collective action to demand the appearance with life of the 43 students from the “Isidro Burgos” Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. This time the action took place on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, where a march was held to the Zócalo of the capital.
On this eleventh month since the forcible disappearance of the 43, though the relatives recognize the exhaustion and despair accumulated by the pain and suffering caused by the absence of the youth, they affirmed that they will continue to demand justice until their sons appear. At a rally at the end of the march, parents of the disappeared condemned the supposed “historical truth” announced by former Federal Attorney General (PGR) Jesús Murillo Karam, according to which the students were arrested and subsequently handed over to the “United Warriors” drug cartel, who supposedly incinerated the students and threw their remains into a local river. The Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) also refuted this version of events, beyond releasing numerous recommendations to clarify the case. According to Cimac News, the federal government has not carried out even half of these recommendations, such as for example interviewing the members of the 27th Infantry Batallion of Iguala, who were present during the disappearance of the students.
At the rally was expressed solidarity with other struggles, such as the clarification of the acts that took place in the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City, where 5 people were killed recently, including the activist Nadia Vera and the photojournalist Rubén Espinosa. Beyond this, the families announced that they are preparing actions to pressure the government for the one-year anniversary of the forcible disappearance on 26 September. They announced that they would hold a hunger strike for three days and organize a mega-march in Mexico City, beyond preparing a “counter-report” to respond to the Third Governmental Report.
It should be stressed that media such as Aristegui News reported attacks on the press after the march.
For more information (in Spanish):
Padres protestan por los 11 meses del caso Ayotzinapa y alistan acciones (CNN México, 26 de agosto de 2015)
“Verdad histórica” se diluyó bajo los pies de las mamás de los 43 (Cimac Noticias, 27 de agosto de 2015)
Policías del DF agreden a prensa tras marcha por Ayotzinapa (video) (Aristegui Noticias, 28 de agosto de 2015)
A casi un año de la desaparición, padres de Ayotzinapa viajarán a EU para pedir ayuda del Papa (Animal Político, 26 de agosto de 2015)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Relatives of disappeared students from Ayotzinapa meet with PGR for first time in 4 months (22 July 2015)
National/Guerrero: Nine months after the Ayotzinapa atrocity, relatives express that they will not be silenced (3 July 2015)
Chiapas/Guerrero: Delegation of relatives and comrades of Ayotzinapa students tour CNI communities (29 June 2015)
Guerrero/National: 8 months after the forcible disappearance of the 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, there is no progress (9 June 2015)