The number 43

Last fall, a group of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico made a trip to Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico to protest against unfair hiring processes for teacher at a conference led by the Mayor of Iguala’s wife. Their bus was stopped by the police and it is said that there was some sort of confrontation that remains unclear.

Protest arose from all over, including other students, showing their concern and support in finding the 43 students.

Conspiracy started as many thought that the Mayor Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez, was the one who arranged for the students to be stopped. He was later found guilty and arrested. This whole story has also made international news.

But where was President Peña Nieto during all of this time?

In Mateo Pimentel’s article, “Preying on Mexican Populism“, he brings up the point violence is not new in Mexico. Earlier on, there was a group of individuals who were kidnapped from a club, held for ransom and later murdered. This story did not receive the same about of media coverage as the story on the missing 43 students. He also argues that once the story came out about the missing 43 students, people forgot what Peña Nieto had done in his presidency.

But this is not the first time a group of individuals has gone missing in Mexico, let alone in Latin America as a whole. Media has shaped the violence in these countries as being ordinary, making it seem like “Oh that’s normal”. There is no urgency to find victims, and this is the real problem. It is the system that is letting this keep happening? Or are they the one’s that commit these acts in their own countries – against the people that they were swore in to protect.

The 43 students was just another example. Why won’t it stop? better question, who will stop it?


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