This past Friday, students demonstrated on Brown University’s Main Green to commemorate the disappearance of the 43 students in Iguala, Mexico on September 26, 2014.
Video by Richard Flores
An excerpt from a flyer that was distributed during the demonstration:
“Ayotzinapa is not an isolated event. On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared. Around 100 students were on their way to protest against education reforms and raise money for an upcoming demonstration for the 1968 Ttlateloco massacre of students protesting state violence. After normalistas had taken hold of buses for transportation, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca of Iguala allegedly ordered police to pursue and detain them. Police encountered the buses and opened fire, leaving 5+ dead, 25+ wounded, and 43 disappeared. According to the Mexican government, once the students were in custody, students were transferred to police in Cocula, a neighboring town. Students were then handed over to Guerreros Unidos (GU), a major drug trafficking organization in Guerrero, Mexico, where the students were allegedly executed, and burned… Ayotzinapa represents years of state violence as a result of government corruption, organized crime and a failed war on drugs.
To this day, it is still unclear what happened to the 43 missing students. We are here to mourn the lives lost to state violence, and stand in solidarity with the normalistas and their families. We are here to acknowledge our complicity in the violence and repression experienced in Mexico through US foreign and economic policy. We are here to fight back against crimes of the State from Ayotzinapa to Ferguson to Palestine. We demand justice and we will not stop.”
The student organizers, Aida Palma, Liliana Sampedro, Héctor Peralta Martinez, and Rudy Torres would like to thank the student leaders at the BCSC and sponsoring organizations, The Latino Heritage Series and MEChA de Brown, that worked to put the commemorative events together.
“Este evento y publicación es dedicado a todas las familias afectadas por las miles de vidas perdidas. nuestros corazones están con ustedes, y les deseamos toda la fuerza necesaria para seguir luchando por la justicia que se merecen.” -estudiantes de la Universidad de Brown
“This event and publication is dedicated to all the families affected by the thousands of lost lives. our hearts are with you, and we wish you all the force needed to keep on fighting for the justice that you rightly deserve.” – students from Brown University
Read their full flyer here: