Guerrero: further update in the Ayotzinapa case

December 29, 2014

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According to an investigation published by the Proceso magazine, federal forces participated in the attack on the disappeared students on 26 September 2014.  The work carried out with the support of the Program for Investigative Journalism at the University of California Berkeley, based on testimonies, videos, unedited reports, and judicial declarations, shows that the federal police (PF) actively and directly participated in the attack.  The article indicates the contradictions that exist between the account provided by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the testimonies of those arrested, as well as those provided by students who survived the attack.  One of the key points in the investigation is that the Ayotzinapa students had been surveilled, such that the federal police knew of their arrival to Iguala.  It shows furthermore that the attack and forcible disappearance of the students was specifically directed at the ideological structure of the school they attended, given that of the 43 disappeared, one was a member of the Commitee for Student Struggle, the highest-ranking organ within the school’s administration, while 10 others were “budding political activists” associated with the Committee for Political and Ideological Orientation (COPI).

Beyond this, information has begun to appear in social networks that the majority of the disappeared students still live and are being held by the Army and federal police as part of a military intelligence operation.  The truth of these claims still has yet to be confirmed.  The communiqué was published presumably by soldiers of the Mexican Army who pertain to the 35th military zone (which includes Iguala); the sources in question no longer belong to the unit, as they were sent elsewhere or dismissed.  The objective of this operation, called “Az,” was to fracture “the transgressor groups of the school who disrupt order in Iguala by appropriating vehicles that are the property of the mayor, and bother people from various localities.”  According to the communiqué, “the transgressors were divided into 3 groups by military intelligence, with 21 sent to two military barracks for interrogation,” with the rest divided into two groups that were then sent to Cocula and Chilapa by municipal police and the “United Warriors” drug cartel.

Beyond this, on 14 December, confrontations in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, left 22 injured (14 of them teachers, parents, and students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, and 8 federal police).  The events took place when a group of students who were preparing a rock concert “A light in the darkness” were attacked with stones, beatings, and tear-gas by police.  “This is an act of police brutality that clearly seeks to silence the voices of the parents of the disappeared,” noted Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights. Omar García, director of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, related that despite the fact that the police had been told that “we were students, and that we were preparing the concert, they told us: ‘It matters not; we are going to even beat your mothers.'”  The parents of the disappeared accused the federal government of having provoked the incident deliberately.  The National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) has launched an investigation into the events in question.

For more information (in Spanish):

Filtración: “Los normalistas de Ayotzinapa están vivos, los tiene el Ejército mexicano” (RT, 14 de diciembre de 2014)

Iguala: la historia no oficial (Proceso, 13 de diciembre de 2014)

COMUNICADO | Agrede Policía Federal a estudiantes y familiares de desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa durante la preparación de jornada cultural(Tlachinollan, 14 de diciembre de 2014)

Investiga la CNDH hechos violentos en Chilpancingo (Proceso, 14 de diciembre de 2014)

Caso Iguala: federales involucrados y tortura a testigos.- Anabel Hernández(Aristegui Noticias, 15 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
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Guerrero: Update in the Ayotzinapa case

November 12, 2014

Acciones globals por Ayotzinapa (@CENCOS)

Global actions for Ayotzinapa (@CENCOS)

On 5 November, in solidarity with the 43 students from the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, who have been disappeared for over 40 days now, students from at least 70 colleges and universities throughout the country organized a third global day of action for Ayotzinapa.

The previous day, the former mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, and his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda were arrested in Mexico City.  They are considered to be the intellectual authors in the case.  With these arrests, a total of 59 have now been arrested, including police and members of the “United Warriors” drug cartel.  Regardless, there still has been little progress in terms of actually locating the disappeared students.

The interim governor of Guerrero, Rogelio Ortega, has on several occasions called on the “United Warriors” group to negotiate for the release of the students, given his view that it is probable that they are still alive.

On 29 October, relatives of the students from Ayotzinapa met with President Enrique Peña Nieto, stressing the lack of results from investigations.  Some of them publicly declared that two weeks after the disappearance of the students, the Guerrero state government offered 100,000 pesos per student to the parents, so that maintain silence and cease their searches.

For more information (in Spanish):

Universitarios inician tercer paro nacional por Ayotzinapa (Animal Político, 5 de noviembre de 2014)

59 detenidos por el caso Ayotzinapa, pero… ¿y los 43 normalistas? (CNN México, 5 de noviembre de 2014)

Llama Ortega a Guerreros Unidos a pactar liberación de los normalistas; “están vivos” (La Jornada de Guerrero, 5 de noviembre de 2014)

A horas de su detención, el exalcalde de Iguala declara en la SEIDO (Animal Político, 4 de noviembre de 2014)

El gobierno quiso comprar el silencio de los padres de los normalistas desaparecidos (Aristegui Noticias, 1 de noviembre de 2014)

Padre de normalista denuncia que gobierno de Guerrero ofreció $100 mil para que callaran (Proceso, 1 de noviembre de 2014)

Padres de normalistas desaparecidos reclaman a Peña falta de resultados (CNN México, 29 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Update in the Iguala case: former Iguala mayor is arrested; governor of Guerrero resigns; European Parliament divided over Ayotzinapa (3 November 2014)

Chiapas: New actions by the EZLN to support Ayotzinapa (26 October 2014)

Guerrero: Contradictory versions regarding findings from graves in Iguala three weeks after the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa – Protests are radicalized (26 October 2014)

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)

Guerrero: municipal police of Iguala fire on students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Six have died (11 October 2014)

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

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