Search for missing Mexican
Demonstrations in Mexico continue to call for action
to locate the 43 students who disappeared more than
a month ago in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.
Government authorities reported that no link has
been found between the students and organized crime,
and that an information center for families of the
missing has been established, to keep them abreast
of the investigation underway, according to Telesur.
Tomás Zerón de Lucio, head of the General Attorney’s
Criminal Investigation Agency, reported that 130
locations have been searched, including hotels,
caves and abandoned mines, as well as 40 bodies of
Zerón also stated that Rogelio Ortega, Guerrero
interim governor, has said that the students are
alive and he is willing to negotiate with criminal
groups holding them, though this information has not
been passed on to federal authorities.
disappearance took place September 26, after a
student march ended in confrontation with security
forces. The “normalistas,” students attending Normal
Schools, were protesting the local government’s
college admission policies.
Marches and demonstrations led by youth and teachers
from all levels of education have taken place
continuously over the last month, demanding a more
energetic response on the part of authorities.
Today, October 31, protests are underway emphasizing
the demand, “Vivos se los llevaron, Vivos los
queremos.” (You took them alive, we want them back