Mexican Demonstrators Ask For Answers About Missing Students

Several hundred college students and political activists rallied in downtown Mexico City on Sunday to demand authorities find out what happened to the 43 teacher students who went missing in 2014.

Police in the southern Mexican city of Iguala turned the students over to members of a drug gang, who allegedly killed them and burned their bodies believing they were working for their rival crime group.

Protesters carrying photos of the youths chanted slogans such as “Where are they?”

A relative of one of the 43 students who went missing holds a placard with a photo of his loved one, as he joins others in a march on the seventh anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City, Sunday, September 26, 2021.

A relative of one of the 43 students who went missing holds a placard with a photo of his loved one, as he joins others in a march on the seventh anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City, Sunday, September 26, 2021.

They also held placards and banners reading “Until We Find Them!” However, seven years after the mass kidnapping on September 26, 2014, the discovery of concrete evidence of the fate of the students has been slow.

Angel Carlos Sanchez, a writer, who joined the protest said, “I support the call made several years ago by parents that the students should not be said to have died until there is a real investigation to prove it, evidence that the students have actually been burned. .”

Omar Gómez Trejo, the lead investigator in the case, said last week that bone fragments found near a garbage dump near Iguala had matched three of the 43 missing students.

A demonstration of supporters and relatives of the 43 missing students holds placards with photos of their loved ones, on the seventh anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City, Sunday, September 26, 2021.

A demonstration of supporters and relatives of the 43 missing students holds placards with photos of their loved ones, on the seventh anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City, Sunday, September 26, 2021.

Unlike previous investigations which are now in doubt due to allegations that the suspect was tortured and evidence was not handled properly, Gómez Trejo said the bodies of the students may have been scattered in several places and not all of them were burned in landfills.

Forensic experts have rejected the conclusion reached under the previous administration that nearly all the students were killed and burned in landfills.

Experts said there was no evidence of a fire at the site large enough to burn the 43 students. [lt/uh]

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