Written by Andrea Martin, Media by Jack Wang
A local legislator building was set aflame by protestors on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the capital of Guerrero over the assumed massacre of 43 Mexican students by corrupt police and thugs from drug gangs. Other states were surrounded by violent protests as well, and one instance occurred where some protestors blocked an airport and damaged the local office of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (IRP).
Last week Attorney General Jesus Murillo presented evidence that suggests the 43 missing trainee teachers were killed by gang members, incinerated in a bonfire at a garbage dump and their ashes thrown in a river. Corrupt police officials abducted the 43 students in southern Mexico in September on the order from a local mayor. The certainty of the remains, however, cannot be officially released until DNA tests have been done. Murillo spoke about the difficulty regarding how the DNA will be extracted since the bodies were so badly burned. “I have to identify, to do everything in my power, to identify, to know if these were the students,” Murillo said.
Some parents of the students are still holding out that their son or daughter will be brought back to them. Isrrael Galindo denounced the actions of the government for trying to appease the violent protests that have erupted in Mexico in hopes that the public will forget about the whole situation. “The government is trying to resolve things its way so that to rid itself of this great problem it is facing,” Galindo, who lives in California but whose wife and children are in Mexico, told CNN en Español. “My son is alive. My son is alive. My son is alive,” he repeated.
Mayor Charged For Connection to Disappearance
Most of the students were men who were in their early 20s, and were studying to become teachers at a college in Ayotzinapa. On Sep. 26, they traveled on buses to nearby Iguala for a protest about the lack of funding for their school. They have not been heard since. Murillo said that three men confessed to having been involved in the killing of a large amount of people, which is believed to have been the students. Police officers had handed the students to three men who belonged to the Guerreros Unidos gang.
Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Guerrero announced on Friday, Nov. 14, that they have formally charged former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca for his involvement in the disappearances. Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, were captured while hiding out in Mexico City. He is charged with six counts of aggravated homicide and one count of attempted homicide, the state attorney said. Officials have said that Abarca ordered the city’s police chief to stop the students’ demonstration in fear that it would disrupt one of his own events. The police chief remains at large. Overall, however, at least 74 people have been arrested in connection with the disappearances and deaths.