Five years ago, 43 male students, studying to be teachers at the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College, vanished from their school in Mexico. The boys were forcibly abducted and then disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The bodies have never been found, and the case has become a symbol of Mexico’s broken rule of law since it has never been solved.
Celebration Of The Tlatelolco Massacre
Friday, September 26, 2014, there was a political rally in the main square. The 43 students were trying to secure buses to travel to Mexico City. In tradition, students annually commandeered several buses to travel to the capital city. The event was to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. Police attempted to intercept the buses by firing weapons and using roadblocks. It is not known what happened before and after the roadblocks were placed. The government investigation determined that 43 of the students were taken into custody. It was reported that they were handed over to the local Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors) crime syndicate and most likely killed. The Mexican governments’ official version has been disputed. Their version was that the students were killed in a garbage dump as they had been mistaken for members of a drug gang.
The Night The 43 Disappear
It is known that the night turned chaotic and violent. The local police officers, working with a criminal gang, stopped and shot at the buses, which held the students. They also shot at others who were leaving the town, which included a local soccer team’s bus. It still is not known what exactly happened – five years later. It is not known why it happened. It is not known who was involved. More devastating – it is not known where the students are.
Human Remains Have Been Found In Guerrero
This week it has been reported that human remains have been found in Guerrero, and they might be those of the 43 students. Vidulfo Rosales, the lawyer for the victims’ parents, said both Mexican and foreign experts would analyze the remains. Some will be analyzed in Mexico, and some will be sent to the Institute of Legal Medicine at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. The results could be available in February or March.
New Theory About Deaths Has Been Proposed
Rosales said it had been determined that the bodies were not burned at the Cocula garbage dump. This was the conclusion of the previous federal government’s claim. Instead, it is believed the students may have been separated over two days and taken to three different locations.
President Lopez Obrador Wants A New Investigation
Two days after he took his new position as president of Mexico, President Lopez Obrador signed an order to create a super commission. The purpose was to conduct a new investigation into the disappearance of the students. The investigation did not make any significant progress in 2019. Last November, parents of the students gave the president two months to produce results, or they would increase the intensity of their protests. The parents will meet with the president on March 9. It is hoped that it will be known by then if the remains are those of their sons. The parents have suffered for five long years. It’s time the truth is determined and that their sons are returned to the families for burial.