Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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Survivor of massacre in Ayotzinapa exhorts to move from message to action

Ayotzinapa survivor exhorts to move from message to action

By Pablo Bello

Grand Rapids, MI ( .- It's been almost three years since Mexican police along with the army shot, kidnapped and disappeared 43 students from the normal rural school Raul Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

Omar Garcia is one of the survivors of that fateful night where dozens of students took buses in Iguala, Guerrero to a demonstration in Mexico City, and he visited the Cook Library to talk to people to move from message to action, last Saturday.

The talk was organized by Reyna Garcia (Omar García has no relation to Reyna Garcia), a local activist, and in which Omar Garcia spoke about an independent investigation conducted by Argentine forensics and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the disappearance of students of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

The Mexican government gave its "historical" version of the events of the night of November 26, 2014 in Iguala, where it said Ayotzinapa students were kidnapped by municipal police for having taken buses to planning to go to a demonstration in Mexico City.

Other unarmed Ayotzinapa students that night were also shot, and pursued through the streets of Iguala, some of them were killed by military and police, and one of them was brutally tortured and then killed.

Once abducted, the students were handed over to a criminal group to be disappear and to incinerate them, the evidence shown by the Mexican government was incredible because all of their research is based on a piece of bone from one of the students.

According to the then attorney general of the then republic, Jesus Murillo Karam, the remains of the students were thrown in plastic bags to a river after their corpses were cremated.

However, according to experts, the bodies could not be cremated in the garbage dump in Cocula, a dump near Iguala, where kidnappings and student shootings took place.

The temperature to calcine a corpse has to be very high and it is not possible that a body can be calcined in the open air, that was the result of Argentine forensic experts who participated in an independent investigation and that were expelled of Mexico by the Mexican authorities.

Of course, the second report prepared independently by Argentine forensics and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was ignored by Mexican authorities, in addition its members were discredited by the Mexican government.

But the most important thing is to keep alive the spirit of Ayotzinapa and his disappeared students, Garcia said.

The disappearance of Ayotzinapa students represents the impunity with which the Mexican government and the criminals in Mexico operate, Garcia added.

According to International Amnesty there is a record of 30 thousand people disappeared in the last years in Mexico and more than 150 thousand people dead.

The disappearance of the students of Ayotzinapa caused great commotion in Mexico, because for the first time a group of organized students claimed their rights and challenged the Mexican authorities to clarify the case, Garcia said.

Every day people in Mexico disappear and the Mexican government does not investigate or pretends to investigate and the cases of missing persons are never resolved, as well as the murders of people, Garcia said.

Ayotzinapa students and relatives of missing students have been harassed by Mexican authorities, Garcia said.

The Mexican government has tried to buy with money the relatives of the disappeared, they have also tried to intimidate them with threats and blackmail, their phones have been intervened and with the help of a sold press they have dedicated themselves to discredit them, Garcia said.

The cause of the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa has become a reason to become aware of the impunity in Mexico and other causes like Plan Mérica, said Garcia.

The president of Canada visited Mexico and representaties and senators instead of claiming the contamination and the theft caused by Canadian miners in the Mexican republic, they began to take selfies with him, Garcia said.

The case for Ayotzinapa can become a reason to organize and defend the rights of everyone, as did the students and relatives of the disappeared, Garcia said.