On March 30th Patty Guerrero went to Macalester College for a forum with the parents of the 43 missing students from Mexico, and then went to the Mexican Consulate on East 7th Street in St. Paul for the protest/demonstration. She says: “Very sad, and no one wants to fess up to what really happened, and the Mexican government covers it up with the compliance of our government.”
Almost six months after the disappearance of 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa in the State of Guerrero, the Mexican government has provided no credible evidence or explanation as to the events of September 26, 2014, and has sought to once again sweep the crimes under the proverbial rug, leaving the Ayotzinapa 43 cases in impunity. As a result, family members, classmates, and attorneys of the 43 missing students have embarked on a U.S. speaking tour, Caravana43, to speak about their children’s experience, demand accountability from the governments of Mexico and the U.S., and discuss the overall state of the current humanitarian crisis in Mexico.
On September 26, 2014, dozens of students from the Isidro Burgos Rural Teaching School in Ayotzinapa, also known as Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico were brutally attacked by local police. Six people were killed. 43 students were forcibly disappeared by local police and then allegedly handed over to a drug cartel. The Mexican military was also present and involved in the assault against the Ayotzinapa students. The case of the Ayotzinapa 43 have caused national and international outrage and have become a symbol of the deep corruption among local, state, and national public officials that has contributed to an unprecedented wave of violence across the country resulting in over 100,000 murders and 30,000 disappearances happening in the last eight years as a result of the drug war in Mexico funded by two billion dollars of US taxpayer money as part of Plan Mexico, an initiative created to end the war on drugs and militarize Mexico.
Patty Guerrero is a member of Women Against Military Madness.
Information about the Ayotzinapa 43 and Caravana43 is from the SOAW.org (School of the Americas Watch) website.