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Thousands protest around the world for missing Mexican students

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Mexico City to protest the disappearance of the 43 students in the state of Guerrero. On September 26 the students did not return home after a confrontation with municipal policemen who were allegedly working with Guerreros Unidos, a criminal gang operating in the town of Iguala.

The families of the victims traveled to the capital to join the demonstrations.

In spite of the discovery of a mass grave with 28 unidentified bodies inside and two sicarios allegedly confessing they had murdered 17 students, many of the chants coming out of the march where “We want them back alive!”

The government is conducting DNA tests on the bodies that have been found so far. Tests results will be out in two weeks. As each day passes hope runs out and impunity prevails.

Large protests were organized by locals in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, to support the families and demand government action to suppress a climate of fear.

The marches have now extended nationwide and many groups have expressed their support for the victims and their families. The Zapatistas conducted a silent march in which they held signs reading “Your rage is ours as well.”

There have also been smaller demonstrations internationally; in countries as far as Norway, Germany and Argentina. In the U.S., supporters have gathered outside some of Mexico’s major consulates holding signs and demanding justice.
Video credits:

In Mexico City:
Produced on the ground by by John Holman
Shot and edited by Tania Miranda
Produced by Jared Goyette, post production edit by Walter J. Collins

In Chilpancingo:
Produced on the ground by Manuel Rueda
Shot and edited by Cesar Lopez
Produced by Jared Goyette, post production edit by Walter J. Collins

Article text by Rafael Fernandez De Castro

 

Thousands protest around the world for missing Mexican students

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Mexico City to protest the disappearance of the 43 students in the state of Guerrero. On September 26 the students did not return home after a confrontation with municipal policemen who were allegedly working with Guerreros Unidos, a criminal gang operating in the town of Iguala.

The families of the victims traveled to the capital to join the demonstrations.

In spite of the discovery of a mass grave with 28 unidentified bodies inside and two sicarios allegedly confessing they had murdered 17 students, many of the chants coming out of the march where “We want them back alive!”

The government is conducting DNA tests on the bodies that have been found so far. Tests results will be out in two weeks. As each day passes hope runs out and impunity prevails.

Large protests were organized by locals in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, to support the families and demand government action to suppress a climate of fear.

The marches have now extended nationwide and many groups have expressed their support for the victims and their families. The Zapatistas conducted a silent march in which they held signs reading “Your rage is ours as well.”

There have also been smaller demonstrations internationally; in countries as far as Norway, Germany and Argentina. In the U.S., supporters have gathered outside some of Mexico’s major consulates holding signs and demanding justice.
Video credits:

In Mexico City:
Produced on the ground by by John Holman
Shot and edited by Tania Miranda
Produced by Jared Goyette, post production edit by Walter J. Collins

In Chilpancingo:
Produced on the ground by Manuel Rueda
Shot and edited by Cesar Lopez
Produced by Jared Goyette, post production edit by Walter J. Collins

Article text by Rafael Fernandez De Castro

 

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