A year later

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Photos by Adam Peacock

Despite dismal rains that went on all afternoon, a year after the disappearance of the 43 teaching students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, about 25,000 marchers (that figure according to a Mexican newspaper) converged on the zócalo here in Mexico City last Saturday afternoon, September 26. Some observers pointed to a sense of frustration that marching against the government has become the norm here, rather than concrete political action. According to most recent polls, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s approval ratings hover around 35 per cent, no doubt in part due to lack of a credible government response to the disappearances. 

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5 thoughts on “A year later

  1. Kim G - September 28, 2015

    It amazes me how many marches there are in support of the Normalistas of Ayotzinapa demanding the impossible: their safe return.

    I thought that rule #1 of successful political organizing was to ask for something you could actually get.

    In this case, a full, fair, and open federal investigation along with arrests and trials of the guilty seems a more reasonable request.

    And until the protesters hold the government to account by doing something other than blocking traffic once in a while, this bad behavior is going to continue. Sadly.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where it’s a pity foreigners can’t get involved because I’d love to.

  2. Cristina - September 29, 2015

    Kim, in the opinion of most people who follow this year-long national shame and tragedy, it’s no more realistic to ask for “a full, fair, and open federal investigation along with arrests and trials of the guilty” than it is to ask for the students to be returned home alive. The government was involved up to its eyeballs in the horror of Ayotzinapa and for an entire year has lied to the public about every detail of September 26, 2014.

    If you read Facebook, I’ve posted many, many articles about the evolution of this situation. Look for Cristina Potters. And yes, I am a Mexican citizen.

  3. Andrew Godon - September 29, 2015

    Just saw the movie Güeros that offered what I thought was an insightful perspective on political activism in DF. But I’m just a lowly Canadian so don’t really know for sure.

  4. Kim G - October 2, 2015

    Hey Cristina!

    I’m one of the four or five who aren’t on Facebook. However, last time I checked, no one can bring people back from the dead, however it is possible (albeit unlikely) that there could be an investigation.

    What else could a million people do? Raise funds to hire private investigators. Track down the responsible politicians and not let go until justice is served. Remind people at election time as to who’s a crook and who’s not. All these actions would be more fruitful than simply demanding the return from the dead of the Normalistas. And by encouraging people to ask for something impossible, the leadership is diverting energy from tasks such as those I listed which are within the realm of the possible. And that diversion is also making the protesters feel like they’re accomplishing something, which they’re not. In fact, if you were a corrupt politician running Mexico, you’d probably encourage the kind of action that we’re seeing in response to the murders. Because that wouldn’t really threaten you versus a group of informed folks pushing for real investigations and real change.

    I certainly feel for the Normalistas, their families, and the aggrieved public. And I have no doubt that many levels of the Mexican government are corrupt to the core. But if you ask for the impossible, nothing is what you’ll get. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable view. And I think the people deserve some real change.

    Saludos,

    KG

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