Ayotzinapa: More than 43 reasons not to forget

Posted on: September 24th, 2015 by unidos

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Ayotzinapa: More than 43 reasons not to forget


A commemoration for the disappearance of the 43 students from the rural teacher training college of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico

For six months, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI)—an international group of researchers convened by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (CIDH)—has been leading another investigation on the events of 26 September 2014, when 43 students from the rural teacher training college of Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared in Iguala by the corrupt municipal police force.

The commission’s report accuses federal authorities and the military of failing to intervene despite their knowledge that the municipal police had attacked students at nine different locations, causing many more victims than the oft-cited six dead, 40 injured and 43 disappeared. These historical facts have been converted into historic lies in the official telling of events.
Despite the commission’s investigation, the government has not allowed experts to interrogate the military. The Ministry of Defense blocked various security cameras that were on site. The CIDH made 20 recommendations to the government, which include conducting an open investigation on the responsibilities of the federal police and the army.
Human rights organizations have also voiced their criticism. Amnesty International denounces “the lack of will on the part of authorities to find the students and bring those responsible to justice.”

The CIDH’s critical report has renewed the anger of the parents of the 43 students, who have decried the mass disappearance as a crime of the state concealed by a government that wants to maintain its official version of events. Hilda Legideño Vargas, the mother of one of the students, declared that “the state must pay for the consequences of its lies, its mistakes, and must continue with the investigation.”

“According to the Mexican government’s statistics, there are more than 26,000 people who have been forcibly disappeared over the past seven years. How can a democratic country have this kind of record, one which exceeds that of the military dictatorships of Latin America, Chile or Argentina in the 70s and 80s?” said Marie Eve Marleau, coordinator of the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America.

Despite this alarming reality, Canada continues to consider Mexico a safe country. Through the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico has become

Canada’s third largest trading partner, with Canada’s direct investment in Mexico reaching over $12.3 billion in 2013.
Faced with this situation, what position will the newly elected Canadian government take this fall? asked Inti Barrios, a member of Mexicans United for Regularization.


Friday, 25 September, 9:30–21:00
—UQAM, Judith-Jasmin Pavilion (405 Sainte-Catherine Street East)
Exhibition of 43 portraits of the missing students and political cartoons, along with artistic performances.
*Judith-Jasmin Agora

Screening of the documentary Ayotzinapa: Chronique d’un crime d’État, 18:00–20:30.
* Local J-1050

Saturday, 26 September, 18:00–22:00
—L’Auditoire (5214 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)
Information evening with reflections and updates on the case of the forced disappearance of 43 students. Video presentations, music, poetry.

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