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“In Solidarity with Missing Students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico”

The following is PhD Candidate/Spanish TA, Edith Beltran’s, reflection on the rally held in Madison on 10/22/14 to stand in solidarity with the missing students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico

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They took them alive, we want them back alive

On September 26, 2014 in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, state police shot at three buses full of rural students. The police killed 3 students and 3 people passing by, including a child. They also kidnapped 43 students.

Where these students are is still unknown.

The mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca Velázquez, said he was at a dance with his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda, during the time of the kidnappings; he declared he knew nothing.

A week later, six open graves with charred human remains were found, but the governor of the state, Angel Aguirre, declared that it was not definite that the human remains were those of the students. Far from calming the people down, this declaration enraged them.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and several NGOs joined in the demand for justice. In Mexico, thousands marched united in protest demanding the safe return of the students. More mass graves were found, but still no sign of the students.

The rally  held here at the Capitol in Madison on October 22, 2014, joins in solidarity with our fellow students from Mexico.

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On Twitter #‎WeAreAllAyotzinapa

However, Ayotzinapa is far from a unique event. What happened in Ayotzinapa helped uncover the collusion of the state and federal governments with the rampant abuses of the military and police against the population.

A couple of days ago, the Office of the Mexican Attorney-General stated that Abarca and Pineda had connections with the druglords and organized crime and allegedly ordered the kidnappings. They were arrested. The governor of the state of Guerrero, Angel Aguirre finally resigned. But it was not discussed what will happen to the over 90 family members Aguirre has given government jobs to during his administration; nor what will be done about the immense corruption of government institutions.

The name of the missing students are the following:


  1. Abel García Hernández
  2. Abelardo Vázquez Periten
  3. Adán Abrajan de la Cruz
  4. Alexander Mora Venancio
  5. Antonio Santana Maestro
  6. Benjamín Ascencio Bautista
  7. Carlos Iván Ramírez Villarreal
  8. Carlos Lorenzo Hernández Muñoz
  9. César Manuel González Hernández
  10. Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre
  11. Christian Tomas Colon Garnica
  12. Cutberto Ortiz Ramos
  13. Dorian González Parral
  14. Emiliano Alen Gaspar de la Cruz
  15. Everardo Rodríguez Bello
  16. Felipe Arnulfo Rosas
  17. Giovanni Galindes Guerrero
  18. Israel Caballero Sánchez
  19. Israel Jacinto Lugardo
  20. Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa
  21. Jonas Trujillo González
  22. Jorge Álvarez Nava
  23. Jorge Aníbal Cruz Mendoza
  24. Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño
  25. Jorge Luis González Parral
  26. José Ángel Campos Cantor
  27. José Ángel Navarrete González
  28. José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa
  29. José Luis Luna Torres
  30. Joshvani Guerrero de la Cruz
  31. Julio César López Patolzin
  32. Julio César Ramírez Nava
  33. Leonel Castro Abarca
  34. Luis Ángel Abarca Carrillo
  35. Luis Ángel Francisco Arzola
  36. Magdaleno Rubén Lauro Villegas
  37. Marcial Pablo Baranda
  38. Marco Antonio Gómez Molina
  39. Martín Getsemany Sánchez García
  40. Mauricio Ortega Valerio
  41. Miguel Ángel Hernández Martínez
  42. Miguel Ángel Mendoza Zacarías
  43. Saúl Bruno García