Support to the Social Movement for Justice in the Ayotzinapa Case: Red Mexicana

The position of the Attorney General of the Mexican Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam, of not presenting definitive evidence based on scientific evidence that leads to the whereabouts of the 43 disappeared students in Iguala, Guerrero and instead, has presented hypotheses based on the declaration of three of the suspects, is unfortunate because it lengthens the waiting period for the conclusions and gives rise to greater social discontent in Mexico.

The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx) regrets the lack of efficient and expeditious government intervention as the circumstances in the Ayotzinapa case warrant. In addition, we condemn the position of the Mexican federal government to evade the responsibility of the Mexican State in the disappearance of the students.

We believe that there is federal responsibility for omission from the moment the Mexican Army was aware of the events on the day of the attack on the students. Given the history of former municipal president José Luis Abarca and his wife of having ties to organized crime, these elements were sufficient for the prompt intervention of the federal government.

We understand the prosecutor’s fatigue in the face of unfortunate events, but the seriousness of the situation in Mexico only gives room to show efficiency and willingness to solve problems.

We do not want the disappearance of 43 students and the murder of six people on September 26 to be “carpetazo” and be forgotten like the massacres of Aguas Blancas (June 1995, 17 dead and 21 wounded); Acteal (December 1997, 45 dead); El Bosque (June 1998, 9 deaths); the repression in San Salvador Atenco (2006); the death of 49 children in the ABC Nursery (2009); the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas (2011); the hundreds of women murdered in Ciudad Juárez since 1993 and the more than 60,000 deaths that fell during Felipe Calderón’s so-called drug war.

Now more than ever it is necessary to show political will to face the social crisis facing the country. We Mexicans deserve a Mexico where honesty and justice prevail. Otherwise, the Mexican government is responsible for the course current events take.

We know that the problem in Mexico is not a problem for one person, but this is not the time for fatigue. The crisis of violence and serious human rights violations in Mexico affect all Mexicans, whether or not we are in Mexico.

To the relatives of the disappeared youth, we express support and strength to continue the fight for truth and justice in the Ayotzinapa case. We want truth and justice for all of Mexico.
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The Mexican Network was founded in 2007 to coordinate and promote public policies in favor of Mexican migrant communities in the United States and in their places of origin. It is made up of 40 migrant organizations, as well as individuals with leadership in the migrant community in the states of Texas, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, New York, New Mexico and Indiana, in the United States. In the Mexican Republic, it has representatives in Zacatecas, Michoacán, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Puebla Federal District, Guanajuato, Durango, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Tlaxcala and Yucatán.