Ayotzinapa

The Rural College of Ayotzinapa is located in the Southern region of Mexico, within the State of Guerrero. The college offers teaching training to students from underprivileged backgrounds. Many students who cannot afford an University degree go to these institutions in order to get an education that would in return help their communities.The college was founded in 1926 by Raúl Isidro Burgos in an official attempt to make education widely available. Since then, the college has been the home for political activism and student unrest. In December 2011, during a demonstration demanding better student conditions, 2 students resulted killed from violent confrontations with the police.
The past 26th of September, the Ayotzinapa students in their search for funding went to Iguala, a city located at about three hours away from Ayotzinapa. They often use the “boteo” a practise that consists in asking commuters  an economic contribution that helps to buy materials for their course. Later that day, as they were coming back to Ayotzinapa, in three different buses, the police abruptly stop them blocking the road, and opening fire directly to the students. When the shooting ceased teachers and other students who were immediately contacted as well as journalists and civilians gathered at the spot. Not long the students began to get in their feet and recounting to the journalists what happened,  a new set of police cars reappeared and resumed the shooting. This time, its been said, that there were masked men amongst the uniformed official police. From this, a hypothesis that criminal gangs were involved in the shooting circulates throughout Mexican major newspapers. Notoriously, the cartel Guerreros Unidos, which is well known for operating in the area. Confirming a close collaboration between drug cartels and the local government. 
This attack has left 6 killed and 43 students missing. The forced disappearance of people is not new in Latin America, this time an already weak government has to find responses to an extremely scandalous event that seems to find its echo in the numerous disappearances that went unresolved through the years in Mexico. According to official figures from February 2013 up until these days 26,000 people have gone missing.
Two weeks after the shooting, 28 dead bodies have been fund in mass graves, these bodies were not confirmed as belonging to the missing students. However, as the searching continues 11 mass graves has been discovered and 38 buried bodies within that area alone. Besides, the Iguala  mayor José Luis Abarca and his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda have flown from the town, remaining fugitives. A cloud of impunity sets over Mexico, and the source of contamination seems to come from within the state. Parents, students and the civil society ceaselessly demand the return of the 43 missing, their voices scream ” alive they were taken, alive we want them back”.







http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/world/americas/mexico
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https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1485636738363508&video_source=pages_finch_main_video
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