Tuesday, November 25, 2014

México: Missing Scandal Escalates, Peña Nieto to Make Major Speech on November 27

According to The Latin American Tribune, with the missing students crisis getting out of hand and due to the resulting embarrassment in the international arena, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is to make an “important announcement” about the restoration of legality in the country, a senior government official has announced.

“The president will have to take decisions on what has not worked, on what has to be replaced and changed. He will make an important announcement this same week,” Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio said Monday (November 24).

However, he did not provide further details about the announcement, but said that the announcement it would be made by Thursday (November 27), and would deal with areas where there are concerns, especially regarding municipalities.

Osorio also justified the arrests made last week for violence during protests demanding that the 43 students who went missing two months from the southern town of Iguala after being rounded up by police, be returned alive.

COMMENT: Demonstrations continue nationwide.

About 200 teachers affiliated to the State Coordinator of Education Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) took control on Monday of Electoral Tribunal offices and the office of the federal public prosecutor in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero.

CETEG, which opposes education reforms proposed by Peña Nieto, has led several protests--some of them violent--in relation to the missing students case.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, the municipal police attacked and detained the students on the night of September 26 on the orders of then-Iguala Mayor José Luís Abarca and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos crime cartel who killed them and burned their bodies, while some of the students remained unconscious.

This version of the events has not been accepted by the families of the missing as they await results of DNA tests of the apparent remains recovered from the site where the bodies were burned.

This report will be updated on November 27.

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