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
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.
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:
- Abel García Hernández
- Abelardo Vázquez Periten
- Adán Abrajan de la Cruz
- Alexander Mora Venancio
- Antonio Santana Maestro
- Benjamín Ascencio Bautista
- Carlos Iván Ramírez Villarreal
- Carlos Lorenzo Hernández Muñoz
- César Manuel González Hernández
- Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre
- Christian Tomas Colon Garnica
- Cutberto Ortiz Ramos
- Dorian González Parral
- Emiliano Alen Gaspar de la Cruz
- Everardo Rodríguez Bello
- Felipe Arnulfo Rosas
- Giovanni Galindes Guerrero
- Israel Caballero Sánchez
- Israel Jacinto Lugardo
- Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa
- Jonas Trujillo González
- Jorge Álvarez Nava
- Jorge Aníbal Cruz Mendoza
- Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño
- Jorge Luis González Parral
- José Ángel Campos Cantor
- José Ángel Navarrete González
- José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa
- José Luis Luna Torres
- Joshvani Guerrero de la Cruz
- Julio César López Patolzin
- Julio César Ramírez Nava
- Leonel Castro Abarca
- Luis Ángel Abarca Carrillo
- Luis Ángel Francisco Arzola
- Magdaleno Rubén Lauro Villegas
- Marcial Pablo Baranda
- Marco Antonio Gómez Molina
- Martín Getsemany Sánchez García
- Mauricio Ortega Valerio
- Miguel Ángel Hernández Martínez
- Miguel Ángel Mendoza Zacarías
- Saúl Bruno García