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Tue Aug 4, 2015, 10:28 PM

10 Months On, Families March Across Mexico in Search of Missing Ayotzinapa Students

10 Months On, Families March Across Mexico in Search of Missing Ayotzinapa Students

Translation posted 5 August 2015 0:43 GMT

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Relatives and classmates of the 43 march once again, 10 months since the disappearance of the teaching students of Ayotzinapa.
Photo: Francisco Cañedo, SinEmbargo.
This article by Sergio Rincón was originally published on Sin Embargo and is reproduced here under a partnership agreement.

Relatives, students and activists announced two caravans will travel across Mexico from the north and south starting July 31 with the goal of joining forces and calling on more Mexicans to join the search for the 43 missing students of the Escuela Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos (Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College) in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

The students disappeared on September 26 of last year in Iguala, presumably at the hands of municipal police.

Since then, national and international human rights organizations have investigated and requested that the Attorney General of Mexico widen the investigation into the missing students and open new lines of investigation, including calling in military personnel to testify.

Families and advocacy groups maintain allegations of the presence of military personnel during the disappearance should be investigated, but the Mexican Army refuses to allow Ayotzinapa parent-investigators onto military bases. Prosecutors maintain that there is a lack of evidence of military involvement for them to pursue that line of investigation.


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