According to EFE, Mexican journalist and writer Lydia Cacho said in an interview that the disappearance of 43 education students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School two months ago reflected the violence and corruption of the “narco state” that México has become.
Cacho, a defender of the rights of women and children, spoke with EFE during the “Mujeres constructoras de la paz” (Women Builders of Peace) conference that ended a series of seminars in Bogotá on Wednesday (November 26).
On September 26, 43 students were detained by police in Iguala, a city in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, and handed over to the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel, which killed and burned the bodies of the students to conceal their mass-casualty crimes.
“The disappearance and imminent deaths of the 43 students has become a symbol for México of how the rest of the ethnic, social and gender groups have been victimized throughout the country’s history,” Cacho said.
The Mexican state is “responsible” for the massacre because it did not stop former Iguala Mayor José Luís Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles, who are currently incarcerated, from committing such an atrocity even though it was known that they had “direct links” to drug traffickers, the noted writer emphasized.
“These innocent rural students just wanted to change the education system and they were massacred by a narco state,” Cacho said.
The students’ disappearance has triggered an unprecedented wave of protests across México, creating a political crisis as demonstrators demand that President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration find the students and return them home alive.
“We are a society that is used to living under a pyramid and believe that if you change the head the rest will change, but these protests show that if you change the base, the top part will have to change,” the journalist said.
COMMENT: The outrage and mistrust created by “corrupt authorities” that have spread across a large segment of Mexican society in recent months have prompted relatives of the victims to search in the jungle for clandestine graves, Cacho said.
“Society is taking charge of handing out justice, which will have effects in the future,” Cacho said.
The current group of social leaders, however, are the “same or worse” than the leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the journalist said.
México’s only hope for building a state based on the rule of law is the European Union (EU), which has been exerting pressure on the Mexican government and could force change on the country, Cacho said.
The 51-year-old Cacho is the author of “Esclavas del poder” (Slaves of Power), which examined people trafficking and its victims around the world, and “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden).
The author's book that exposed pedophile rings in México operating under the protection of politicians and business leaders.