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Wed Jun 29, 2016, 05:42 PM

Mexico is Massacring its Citizens and Nobody Seems to Have Noticed

Mexico is Massacring its Citizens and Nobody Seems to Have Noticed

June 27, 2016

The Toronto Star
by John M. Ackerman

Three Amigos Summit the perfect time to hold President Enrique Peña Nieto accountable for human rights violations.

This time it is impossible to look the other way. The Mexican government is normally adept at managing public opinion so the responsibility for the violence and human rights violations ripping apart the country falls on the shoulders of local officials or organized crime groups. But on June 19th that narrative was broken under the heavy weight of the facts.

The press originally reported a “clash between teachers and police” in the town of Nochixtlán in the southern state of Oaxaca. The authorities claimed their agents were unarmed and the protesters had fired on them first. The new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, was carefully neutral in her first public evaluation of the incident, stating simply that she “lamented the loss of human lives.”

But during the ensuing days the awful truth has trickled out. Thanks to the reports of journalists on the scene, the Mexican government has been forced to accept that the police were in fact heavily armed. And the evidence now points to the commission of a brutal massacre by federal forces against peaceful protesters. These forces are under the command of Mexico´s President Enrique Peña Nieto and receive significant funding from the United States government under the Merida Initiative.

It all began when a group of rural, elementary school teachers closed a highway that runs through the small, mostly indigenous town of Nochixtlán. They were protesting the government´s neo-liberal education reforms and in favour of the release of two top teacher union activists, who had been taken as political prisoners a week earlier.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2016, 06:16 PM

1. We have our lovely news media to thank for that.

They could do so much good by just shining a light on these problems - but don't because the corporations that buy their ad time wouldn't like it.

Thinking back on the Argentine Dirty War from the mid '70s, the dictatorship itself was forced to curtail it by 1979 thanks to pressure from the Carter administrations and from European and North American media.

Sunlight truly is the best disinfectant; but then some clouds (corporate influence over news media) are just too thick.

Thanks as always Judi for shining a light on these realities. Such is the world.

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Thu Jun 30, 2016, 04:54 AM

2. I was constantly asked why.

Why is no one in the US paying attention to us? Why doesn't anyone give a shit?

Every city I was in had protests. This is unreal.

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