Monday, November 24, 2014

México/Chile: Student Protesters Demand President Enrique Peña Nieto to Resign in Six Days

According to EFE, Mexico’s political crisis triggered by the disappearance of 43 students two months ago is having international repercussions following critical comments by Uruguayan President José Mujica and the arrest of a Chilean student in the Mexican capital.

In an interview with the magazine Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica, President Mujica said: “It’s terrible that such things are happening. It gives one the sense, looking from a distance, that it is a kind of a failed state, that the powerful authorities are totally losing control, that they have decayed.”

Mujica added that in his opinion, the situation in México had been caused by “mass corruption” which has been emerged as a daily occurrence in México at all levels of law enforcement.

México has demanded an explanation on the remarks from Uruguayan Ambassador José Alberto Delgado Fernández and said that “there is no room for incidents such as those that have occurred, neither in Mexico nor in the world.”

It also reiterated the Mexican government’s commitment to continue conducting investigations with clarity, transparency and responsibility, “as it has been doing so far.”

The 43 students of the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa in the southern town of Iguala went missing Sept. 26 after police opened fire on them, killing six people, including three students, and wounding 25 others.

According to the prosecutor’s investigations, the teacher trainees were rounded up at the orders of then-mayor José Luís Abarca and handed over to the criminal group Guerreros Unidos, who killed them and burned their bodies, some while still unconscious.

COMMENT: n another diplomatic crisis, Chilean student Lawrence Maxwell was arrested by the Mexican police in what witnesses claimed was an arbitrary arrest.

Mercedes Rojas, a Chilean citizen pursuing her PhD at the National Autonomous University of Mexico  (NAUM) and a friend of Maxwell, told EFE that her friend did not participate in the protests but was observing the development at the central plaza of Zocalo from a distance and that he was arrested in the stampede that occurred as people tried to flee the police.

Foreigners are prohibited from engaging in the internal political activities of México.

Meanwhile, some 80 people protested outside the Mexican Embassy in Santiago on Sunday against Maxwell’s arrest, demanding that the authorities undertake diplomatic efforts to win his release.

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