Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mexican Teachers set up tent city in support of missing normalistas

Borderland Beat republished from Fusion by Manuel Rueda-heads up from "Jeff" Big Thanks!

"43 Normalistas are dead,  many  were burned alive".....

said Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, the internationally known human rights champion.  He himself has been threaten, kidnapped and beaten  because of his refusal to stay away from the business of organized crime. He was in exile due to death threats.

In an interview this week he said;

"From Sunday to today,  I have had several meetings with witnesses, eyewitnesses, who suffered in the first and second attack, students, but there are other sources, who are not students that speak of a time before. They talk about that some were wounded, and they burned alive, ignited after pouring diesel on them. Others they were incinerated in a wood fire, some alive, some dead."

"The first meeting I was given information directly, that was on Sunday.   The second one I had yesterday in Mexico City. The first thing I learned is that there are witnesses, but are afraid to speak,  if they talk, they fear they will be killed. "said the priest.

Solalinde clarified that it is unknown whether young people could be in one of the pits that the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the Union of Organized State of Guerrero (UPOEG) Towns found in Iguala.

"We do not know. If  they are in the  pits, the Argentine forensic anthropology team has the  technology,"but insisted:" But there is no hope that they are alive. "  However, as of Wednesday the state and federal governments were not allowing the Argentine to assist in the identifications.  The photo above, and below are  from a protest march in Acapulco this week.  

The following is the Fusion article

Hundreds of teachers have set up a tent city in the main square of this state capital in southern Mexico, and say they will not leave until the government finds 43 college students who disappeared three weeks ago, after they were reportedly abducted by local police linked to a drug gang.

The protest, which began on Monday, reflects the outrage many Mexicans feel toward  politicians and law enforcement officials, whom they hold responsible for one the darkest crimes in Mexico’s recent history. The crowd shows few signs of dissipating.

“I don’t  just think I will stay here, I am driven to stay here, as are all of my colleagues,” said Pastor Mojico, one of the teachers. “We all feel the necessity to stay here because of the outrage we feel. So it’s not something to think about it, it’s something that you feel and are compelled to do.”

The students, from the Ayotzinapa rural teacher’s college in the state of Guerrero, haven’t been seen since Sept. 26, when they were attacked by police in the city of Iguala after they hijacked three buses during a protest.

Three students were killed in the attack, and investigators suspect that the missing students were rounded up by police and handed over to a local drug cartel, who then executed them and buried them in clandestine graves. While  several possible grave sites have been identified, DNA tests showed that one site didn’t contain the students’ bodies, and authorities have to announce the  DNA results for the bodies found at two other grave sites nearby.

At the Zócalo, a historical square in the heart of Chilpancigo, teachers sleep under nylon tents and cook whatever food is available to them in portable gas stoves. Showers are hard to come by, but they have occupied the city hall, have been using bathrooms there.

 “These crimes don’t just affect the cities,” said an elementary school teacher from Santa Cruz Copanatoyac, a municipality deep in Guerrero’s eastern mountains. “Sometimes people disappear in our area or die because they are involved in organized crime, but [the missing students] were just kids who wanted to better themselves,” said the teacher, who asked that his name not be published for fear of reprisals.

Most of the maestros sleeping in the square are affiliated with  teachers unions that have promised to occupy all 41 city hall buildings in the state until the students are found.  They are known for leading militant protests against Mexico’s education reforms, and economic policies like the privatization of the country’s oil sector.Many hail from rural areas that are mostly inhabited by indigenous people.

For the full Fusion article follow the link above....

11 comments:

  1. So how is Mexico going to cover this up before it's business as usual!

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  2. How can I support these people? I want to help. I am a gringo living in Mexico and will be deported if I am known to be involved in any politics.
    Z

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  3. Teachers and students are the FLOWER of every nation.
    Not the bankers and politicians.
    I hope the killers will be punished.

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  4. Well well well....since when are Americans interested on fixing mexico? ?? All this is blow back politics caused by Nafta, not to mention the hunger for drugs by the American public. The solution = armed conflict in mexico for total political transformation. But again freedom isn't free... I'm glad I live America , the last civilized nation..... P's fellow Americans we need cheap gas, I propose invade mexico and take over Pemex...also given them weapons that can totally be bought on credit for Oil....

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  5. For politicians, the flower of mexico is ALL THE MONEY THEY CAN STEAL.
    AND STEAL AND EXTORT IS ALL THEY DO...
    of course, they concoct "laws" to protect themselves and their own's little corruptions, just like the US, with their laws that protect corrupt sovereigns from other countries like their own, as long as some amerikkkan citizen or friend is the one that benefits, including el presidente de los asesinos, enrique pena nieto...
    That flower has been deflowered one too many times...

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  6. I want the mayor and his wife

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  7. And the human rights commissions?
    Still missing in action, mexican and international, they don't have any balls against "the gobierno amigo", because the United Nations Organization was hijacked by the george w bush administration.
    The tribunals prosecuting crimes against humanity are too busy covering up the shenanigans of their friends to even investigate, since pinochet did his dirty deeds in chile, even filling abandoned mines with the carcasses of their victims, because the trip to dumping them alive on the sea was not "productive" enough, pinochet had no time to make gas chambers, but his sovereign deeds were covered...

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  8. March to the Mexican White House n set tent city there. Peña Nieto or Mexico does have its version of a White House dont they? go do protests over there people!!!

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  9. Clowns whining again?WHAT ABOUT THE STORY?Smell millie?
    I was just looking at the pictures of the young students,its so sad to think they are now dead and gone.Murdered for daring to ask for help?They have nothing and were brutally murdered and for what?What a waste,what a fuckin tragedy for the families who needed these young ones to possibly help them?
    Sad episode,and the little ugly bastard and his wife still hide while everyone else involved is taken?What a sick joke..

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  10. Méxcio es un infierno, sin embargo aquí seguimos algunos. No vean a México como una país de asesinos, pues aún quedamos algunas personas buenas. México es un gran país, con gente trabajadora y honrada, pero también hay personas malas y codiciosas, personas que tienen la mente podrida por caenas televisivas que apoyan a un gobierno corrupto. ¿Y de qué ha servido mandar a la mierda a un país tan lleno de historia y de belleza como lo es México? ¿Para tener mucho dinero? ¿Vale el dinero las muertes, las mazacres, las familias rotas? No, extranjero, no hemos olvidado la historia, tenemos presente de dónde somos, y si es necesario lucharemos para recuperar a nuestro México. Estamos cansados. No nos vean como un país de personas ignorantes, si no hemos hecho nada es porque el gobierno nos reprime, nos amenaza y elimina a cualquier persona que se levante contra ellos. Pero de nada sirve vivir de rodillas, es lo que nos ha demostrado la historia. Quiero mi México, mi país, ¡quiero mi vida! Pero de nada me sirve la vida si no puedo ser libre. Hoy siempre voy a seguir diciéndole al mundo entero... para que me escuchen y lean todos: ¡Viva México, cabrones!

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