17 Nov What the 43 Missing Students Mean for Mexico
Mexico isn’t taking this one lying down. At some point, enough is enough. Terrorized by corrupt police and gang violence, the states of Michoacan and Guerrero have reached the same level of notoriety as Tamaulipas with its mass graves. After the kidnapping and massacre of 43 teacher trainees in Iguala on Sept. 26, ordered by the then mayor and his wife, José Luis Abarca and María de los Ángeles Pineda, the “imperial couple” with gang ties to the Guerreros Unidos ran for a month before their arrest in Mexico City.
But Mexico isn’t done.
The protests have been as consistent as they have been violent, breaking into government buildings and setting them ablaze, hijacking trucks and stopping traffic and filling the streets with mobs, calling for the students’ return – alive. The Guerreros Unidos have already admitted to killing them, as the “imperial couple” handed the students over to the gang members for slaughter due to their protests, but for Mexico this moment is a clear statement about what has been happening in this country for a long time – political corruption with violent mafia ties.
President Peña Nieto still hasn’t visited Iguala, nor has he done anything in response to the massacre, and citizens have begun calling for his resignation. New to office, Peña Nieto promised to curtail violence and introduce economic reforms, but his lame response will inevitably weaken the administration. He went to visit China rather than face the truth of this enormous atrocity in his own country.
Here in SMA, protests line the fences around our most significant monument, the Parrochia del Arcangel San Miguel in the town square. Candles are lit and balloons are released as we mourn these young people who lives were obliterated by senseless violence and oppression.
Here’s what it looks like in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. A couple shots are from a balloon release in their honor.
As strikes and protests erupt throughout Mexico, we have to ask, could this be a turning point for the long history of violence and governmental involvement in gang activity in Mexico? What do you think? What is the future of Mexico? Please share your thoughts and opinions below.
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