By: Emir Olivares y José Antonio Román
[This is an abbreviated version of the La Jornada article cited below.]
It has been 11 months of ‘‘rage, indignation, courage, dignity and search;” almost one year without knowing the whereabouts of their sons; 334 days since the municipal police of Iguala, Guerrero, attacked students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers College with firearms, leaving three of them dead, 43 others disappeared and five injured.
Yesterday, family members of the students realized the 15th Global Action for Ayotzinapa, which included presence at the embassies of several countries and a march from the Angel of Independence to the Zócalo. In both actions, the demonstrators demanded that the federal government extend the time for the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI, the Group’s initials in Spanish) from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to continue with its investigations on this crime for another six months.
The day concluded with a meeting in the Zócalo. From there, the parents announced activities to commemorate the first anniversary of the events, which will include a three-day fast, between September 24 and 26; preparation for the day that will be known as the “Day of National Indignation” or the “National Political, Strike,” on the 26th, as well as a “counter-report about the real situation that the country experiences,” between August 31 and September 1.
It was also announced that various U.S. social organizations will take steps so that within the framework of Pope Francisco’s visit to Philadelphia, from September 25 to 27, the Pontiff can receive a commission of Ayotzinapa parents.
Upon taking the word in the Zócalo, Emiliano Navarrete, father of the disappeared student José Ángel Navarrete, pointed out that in these 11 months the federal government has only shown: “that it has nothing to say,” because “it has not fulfilled the promises it made to the families.”
He reported that a few days ago they met with the Secretary of Governance, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, and demanded that the work period for the GIEI be prolonged. In principle, the functionary accepted the idea, “but we just found out through our lawyers that the government will not make the decision until after September 6, the day on which the group of experts will present their final report.”
Social collectives, union organizations and students, among others also participated in yesterday’s mobilizations. According to organizers, some 3,000 people participated in the evening march. On the final route towards the Zócalo, demonstrators made a stop at the “anti-monument” with the number +43, at the crossing of Reforma and Bucareli, where they called out the names of those absent.
The mother of the student José Álvarez Nava demanded that: “the corrupt government deliver our sons to us. We’re not asking for a favor, it’s their obligation to deliver the 43 and the thousands of disappeared in the country.”
In the morning, they divided into several contingents to visit the embassies of 30 countries and deliver a document in which they ask the diplomats for their intervention so that the Mexican authorities authorize an extension of the investigations that the GIEI are carrying out, because they considered that the investigations carried out by the Attorney General of the Republic “have been ineffective and that agency has been incapable of offering truth and justice.” They visited the representations of Portugal, Argentina, Spain, Belgium, France, Thailand and the European Union, among others.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Translation: Chiapas Support Committee
Thursday, August 27, 2015