Saturday, October 18, 2014

México: Protests Continue as Federal Gov't Fails to Fulfill Needs of Citizens, Most Governors Corrupt

According to Reuters, thousands marched in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco on Friday (October 17) to demand answers about the fate of 43 missing trainee teachers, who authorities fear were massacred by police in concert with gang members.
The students went missing in the southwestern state of Guerrero on September 26 after clashing with police and masked men, with dozens of police being arrested in connection with a case that has sent shockwaves across México. 
Authorities say many of the missing students were abducted by police.
Protesters marched in central Acapulco, a resort that in the 1960s was a magnet for Hollywood stars but is now one of México's most dangerous cities, because of drug gang turf wars.
While the march passed peacefully, storefronts were boarded up as a precaution and many tourists canceled their plans for a weekend visit. Aside from the marchers, there were few people on the streets.
Many protesters were calling for the resignation of Angel Aguirre, the governor of Guerrero state, where violence has mushroomed in recent weeks and months.
COMMENT: The problem in Mexican society is that the government ignores everything that is not a crisis, which means just about everything.

As I have said so often in past weeks, the President of México Enrique Peña Nieto exists in name only. The police and narcotraficantes dictate what little tranquility there remains in the country.

"Why are they killing us?," 48-year-old laborer Pedro Padilla wanted to know. "We're not here just for the students, but also because of what is happening in many places across Guerrero, where the people are very afraid of the narcos."

Officials have found mass graves in the hills outside the city of Iguala, near the spot where the students disappeared. However, of an initial group of 28 bodies recovered, none of the remains were found to be those of the missing students.

The violence is overshadowing President Enrique Peña Nieto's efforts to focus public attention on sweeping economic reforms aimed at boosting economic growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy.

Peña Nieto took office two years ago pledging to end a wave of violence that has claimed about 100,000 victims since the start of 2007. Although homicides have diminished on his watch, other crimes such as extortion and kidnapping have dramatically increased.

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