“Alive they took them away, alive we want them!”. A motto that marked the year 2014 in Mexicoand that continues to resonate on the lips of thousands of people, 8 years later.
Activists and relatives held a massive protest this Monday, September 26, in the Mexican capital for the eighth anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapain the southern state of Guerrero. In the words of the Mexican president: “This day is one of national mourning.”
The parents of the disappeared have not given up their fight. Accompanied by hundreds of students from all over the country, they walked to the National Palace, where they demanded scientific proof after the most recent report of the Truth and Justice Commission said that there is no indication that the students are alive.
The investigations have also blamed the military and senior officials for the case, and until now, Several soldiers have been arrested.
On August 19 -one day after the presentation of the report-, it was indicated that 83 arrest warrants had been issued for people allegedly related to the case, but yesterday a national media outlet reported that 16 of them had been they canceled
“The military are making agreements with the civil authorities, there is a refusal to prosecute, there is a refusal to go to trial by the military and they are denying themselves. That is why there is anger,” said the lawyer for the students’ relatives. disappeared, Vidulfo Rosales.
“That the military be investigated and that they be punished. That they not be punished only for organized crime. Or what does the government think? That they are going to continue making fun of us? That they are going to keep us here all the time? time? No, Mr. President,” Blanca Nava, mother of one of the disappeared, told the protesters.
“We have not stopped in the streets for eight years and they have not given us an answer. Enrique Peña Nieto (president between 2012 and 2018) deceived us with the historical truth and I tell this new government that they no longer make fun of us, don’t make fun of pain and suffering. We want to know the truth,” the woman continued.
The crowd also denounced a “setback” in the clarification of the crime, and the relatives of the 43 insist that they will not lose hope “until they reach the truth, no matter how painful it may be.”