Update: Guerrero's new Governor has confirmed these kidnappings.However he says they happened in 2013...
Note: Cocula is about 20 minutes driving time from Iguala. I have a post from August where 31-32 bodies were discovered on the outskirts of Iguala. No identification studies have been performed on those remains....Cocula is as violent as Iguala, with large groups of people taken and never seen again. In 2013 between the months of May-July at least three groups were taken; 12 in May, 10 in June and 23 in July.
These aside from ongoing single kidnappings and smaller groups, including entire families from their homes. Children are not off limits. These kidnappings and killings are unlike kidnappings in other states of Mexico. The only gain that one can surmise, is terrorizing the populous for control. By containing residents in the grip of terror.
As for student kidnappings, this is nothing new, group student killings and kidnappings have been occurring for years in Guerrero and neighboring states. Citizens begged for help from the federal governments and PGR, appealing to both the Calderon and Pena administrations, but they refused to help on grounds it was a state and local matter. This was told to residents, even after they stressed it was the government that was part of the killings as they were in collusion with organized crime. .....Chivis
The southern Mexican city of Cocula grabbed global headlines after being named by officials as the place where 43 students who went missing in September were likely murdered. Now FRANCE 24 has uncovered a new kidnapping case in the same town.
A witness to the latest kidnapping told FRANCE 24 that more than 30 high school students, including her teenage daughter, were rounded up in broad daylight on the last day of classes. It was July 7 – the children have not been heard from since.
During and after the abduction, the kidnappers told Cocula residents they would kill them if they spoke out. Terrified families did not report the incident to authorities or the media, until now.
Their collective silence is due in part to what appears to be another case of criminal complicity between local police forces and drug cartels that operate with impunity in the region. Although the captors were wearing masks, they took the secondary school students away in police vehicles that they did not even bother to camouflage.
Video should play well in full screen....