Wednesday, October 15, 2014

México: Thousands Protest Nationwide Over 43 Missing Students

According to The Latin American Tribune, thousands of students across México took part in demonstrations on Wednesday (October 15) to protest the disappearance of 43 education students last month in the southern city of Iguala.

Students from several schools at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) walked out of classes for the second consecutive day to protest the disappearance of 43 students.

Municipal police in Iguala, a city in the southern state of Guerrero, fired shots at a group of students who had commandeered a bus on September 26, part of a night of violence that left six people, including three students from a teacher training college in the rural town of Ayotzinapa, dead; 25 others injured; and 43 trainee teachers missing.

The missing students were last seen being forced into police vans.

University students in Mexico City plan to march on Wednesday afternoon to the Attorney General’s Office to demand that progress be made in the investigation.

Federal prosecutors took over the investigation two weeks ago, but the missing students have not been found.

The 28 burned bodies found in five clandestine graves near Iguala were not those of any of the missing students, the AG’s office said Tuesday (October 14).

COMMENT: President Enrique Peña Nieto, meanwhile, said Wednesday that the violent incidents in Iguala were a “test for the institutions and society” in México.

“Violence will never be the solution or the path to a better future,” Peña Nieto said during a ceremony in Mexico City.

President Peña Nieto noted the “collective feeling of outrage, of pain and courage,” in México since the events of September 26.

This shows that “we are united, that we are in solidarity with the suffering of our brothers and, most importantly...that we reject violence...wherever it comes from,” the president said. 

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