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Not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa’s students

Lorena Ojeda, visiting scholar, history | November 4, 2014

Forty-three student teachers (normalistas) disappeared on the evening of September 26 in the municipality of Iguala, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. The incident has attracted national and international attention, and it has also generated a wealth of speculation and misinformation. The daily reports concerning the discovery of numerous mass graves have further muddied the waters; the only silver lining, such as it is, in these reports is that the missing normalistas do not appear to have been buried in any of the discovered grave sites. The contrast between the hope that the normalistas might still be alive, and the despair of living in a country where mass graves can seemingly be uncovered by simply kicking over a few stones, is striking.

But perhaps the most depressing aspect of this story is the indifference of some Mexicans that have even attempted to argue that the normalistas somehow deserved their fate because of their “rebellious attitudes” or their “delinquent” appearance. Thus, a society already divided by social class, skin color, linguistic differences, clothing styles, the size of one’s bank account, zip codes, and a host of other frivolous matters has found new ways of demarcating distinct types of Mexicans: “good” versus “bad”; those that receive justice versus those that do not; and those that can versus those that do not even deserve to try.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s political parties are only interested in representing and advancing their own interests. The left has lost its identity in its efforts to reach power. The right, which is more concerned with maintaining the appearance of good behavior, has shrouded itself in silence and indifference. And the ruling party’s principal preoccupation is the next election cycle and the perpetuation of its political dynasty, not the needs of Mexico’s citizens.

The Ayotzinapa case reveals the deterioration of Mexico’s political and social spheres. The missing normalistas are poor, indigenous or mestizo (mixed-race), and brown-skinned. Their hair is straight, they are not particularly tall, and they speak with the accents of the countryside. Simply put, they are Mexicans. But their surnames – Tizapa, Jacinto, Patolzin, Ascencio, Tlatempa, and Lauro, among others – are not among Mexico’s famous, and they are more likely to be found in the country’s seemingly infinite number of mass graves, as opposed to a social club or the halls of the stock market. The divide between Mexicans has become so great that some are not even moved by the heartrending pain experienced by the parents whose sons are missing.

The Ayotzinapa case has quickly become symbolic of the daily disappearances and murders that occur in Mexico, and of the mass graves that vastly outnumber the number of roads, hospitals, universities, and science and technology centers that have been built in recent years.

Throughout the world, many are pressuring the Mexican government to resolve the matter and bring those responsible to justice. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets demanding that the normalistas be found, while also calling out the shamelessness of the governments, political parties, and dominant social classes that allowed the disappearances to occur. But there are millions of Mexicans, and the majority of them appear to have been stunned into silence by the Mexican apocalypse, or have chosen to express their outrage safely behind closed doors.

Comments to “Not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa’s students

  1. Ojeda portrays Mexicans to have lack of empathy for the missing 43 normalistas because they are racist, in which I find it too simple to blame the disappearance of the 43 normalistas only on racism in the country and government itself. For instance Ojeda explains how Mexicans view the 43 normalistas: “The divide between Mexicans has become so great that some are not even moved by the heartrending pain experienced by the parents whose sons are missing.” Yet if this was the case they the people wouldn’t of had marches etc about them, to get the answer they deserve: where they are? how did they get there? and why?

    Even though there is racism in Mexico, this is not the reason why people are no longer as phased but rather because they are so used to this occurring in their country and think that they can do anything to fix it; so they don’t say much for they believe it won’t make a difference. Mostly because their own government is telling them they know nothing nor found anything to find out what has happened not because of the racism against the normalistas whom are “poor, indigenous or mestizo (mixed-race), and brown-skinned” but for their own personal gain. Rather than doing what they are supposed to and keep their country safe from any and all harm.

  2. Another huge problem is that Mexico economy is obsolete since mexicans are not allow to prosper individually, since statistics show that the middle class is disapearing, meaning that high taxation and the allowance of bad salaries to encourage companies to have more workers while not paying taxes themselves is basically what is making the country weak.

    Together with the forced bad education to make people life revolve around the political parties.

    our government allows the extraction of all natural resources of the country by international companies from coal to gold and uranium with little remuneration to mexican society than shitty slave like jobs and destroyed environment to pretend there is GDP in Mexico, because a lot of our politicians have relationships with foreign companies and governments that give them resources to became rich using mexican politics.

    And so the drug business was used by the PRI to simulate growth and giver services that taxes were not enough to pay the cost while the oil revenue was used, just like spain in the 18 century with aztec gold, to make the government have a life of excess and extravaganza.

    most of today revolt is because mexicans are not truly part of the life of the country. we are just people that was already there while a small group made business while pretending to know what they were doing.

    thousands of people in mexico was left ignorant only so they over breed and always voted for the corrupt institutions, while living of charity from the same.

    first the lack of an efficient way of sharing information outside the corrupt tv journalism was what not allowed mexico to change.

    i believe now is the existence of that people that doesn’t understand even how they reproduce.

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  4. I have just read in revolucion tres punte cero or in another paper that There has been an independent study of the “events” in Iguala by Berkeley.

    I do agree with your analysis of Mexican society. I was an outsider with a Mexican husband and 15 years ago, a Mexican daughter-in-law from Michoacán, puro Purepecha! racism was rife, my in-laws (working-class mestizos with North American tastes) looked down on her, as as townies look down on “Indios” in most of Mexico.

    It’s such a pity that the country has evolved that way, but corruption has always been rife (nobody could get a job if he were not a member of the PRI, any job — for the past 40 years as far as I know; The Mexican people, not the moneyed class, are lovely people, but instead of having real education they have been brainwashed by the telenovelas of Televisa.

  5. We are not disintegrated, but we need help in all kinds of ways, help in prayers, help in asking (but not thru war – we already have that) the mexican government for actions. we need a government with an ethic code and values that can respect the biggest and the littlest.

    People is scared of acting, but people do still act in peaceful ways, to their best of their knowledge, still we need help!

  6. There is a confusion about the feelings of most Mexicans regarding this students. We are not indifferent, it’s just that because of past experiences, we know the type of people this students were.

    It’s true that they did not deserve to die, but the article fails to recall that last year students from the same school (maybe some of the same students) went to a gas station to buy fuel for their Molotov cocktails for a protest and when the gas station employee refused, they burned him alive.

    The night that they were murdered, they’d just stolen three buses and were “asking” people to give them money (asking means that you either give them money or get beat up).

    There was another event in Mexico City where 11 or 13 students were kidnapped and murdered. Later during the investigation it came out that they’ve all just killed a drug dealer and they all were descendants of Mexico City’s worst arms and drug dealers.

    The problem is that in around 86% of the murders in Mexico, both the aggressor and victim were somehow involved in the drug business. So when something like this happens, most people assume that they earned it for being involved in the business.

  7. The biggest problem I see with the media is the absolute interest in framing who are the bad guys and who are the victims. None of the media outlets or the self-proclaim media experts tells what where they willing to accomplish with their “visit” and how is it that the police knew they were on their way.

    To me, it seems like always, someone pushes young adults to do their job, to sacrifice them to make the other party look bad. When you look for trouble you find it. This story repeats itself again and again and it is always the Communist that do this. They excite their young people to go somewhere, to make trouble of some kind, they end up dead, while the ones who pushed them are comfortably in their homes waiting to hear how many were killed, and for them, as with the Muslims, these are there “necessary martyrs” for their cause.

    • Ana, you are one of those people described in paragraph 2 above. You, too, think the students, or their friends were asking to be killed because they wanted to speak out and therefore they deserved to die. As long as Mexicans think as you do, nothing will change and these atrocities will be allowed to continue. Very, very sad.

  8. The silence from the U.S. establishment is deafening. At the very least there should be someone who spoke up for the poor students and their families.

    But the establishment and the corporate-owned media have chosen to remain silent. I guess when injustice gets too close to home, the powers that be prefer to ignore it, thinking it will go away. Shameful.

    I hope the Mexican people can finally bring those culprits to justice and not just that killed in Ayotzinapa but those that murdered in Tlatelolco in 1968!!!

  9. Thank you Lorena Ojeda for your commentary. We must demand that countries such as Mexico repect the human rights of all people. We must also demand that our government the United States stop supporting countries that don’t respect human rights, not just our enemies such as N. Korea, Russia or Cuba. We also need to demand the United States to stop sending weapons to Mexico and other Latin American nations. The United States prohibition of drugs has made Mexican drug bussiness more profitable and dangerous. Mexico is a beautiful country and its sad to see it suffer from violence and social inequality. What matters is that justice is done because if there is no justice there will be no peace. This is a special massage for people that blame the students, you need to connect to your human side not your reptile insticts. At this time and at this stage it is important that we think of the suffering of the families. If we don’t want the cycle of violence to continue we must demand justice. Greedy and power hungry people take advantage of weak legal institutions and poorly educated people.

  10. It there any hope for Mexico? It seems the country has no rule of law, no stable institutions, and is dominated by barbaric violence, ossified class divisions, and ignorance. Is there any future for the country? I am genuinely curious.

  11. Context: Raised in Mexico until I went to college. Cal graduate ´96 and ´06. I live in Mexico since ´05. My work takes me to all sorts of cities and municipalities.

    In general, I agree with Lorena Ojeda’s comments. The disappearance and death of 43 “normalistas” is a heinous crime, albeit not the first in the last 10 years. There are still dozens of mass graves being uncovered in northern Mexican border towns (mostly of undocumented illegal immigrants). Many of these crimes were committed in the times of the PAN government, and one could argue with a great degree of success that this lack of rule of law, is the result of the PAN’s direct attempt to break up the PRI’s long standing intelligence institutions while in government (read about Fernando Gutierrez Barrios to understand what the last statement is about).

    True, the “normalistas” were no saints, but therein lies the problem. States such as Tamaulipas, Michoacan, Guerrero, have become “failed states”, while Oaxaca is teetering on the edge. There is an increasing feeling that while the Mexican “war on drugs” is starting to become effective, it is late coming, and at a very high cost. In particular, at the cost of effective governance, starting with a failed judicial system, including police powers that are viewed at the local level as ineffective at best, and corrupt to the very core at worst.

    Hence, the cycle of violence, and of settling turf wars outside of the state power, have rendered scenes of mass murders and gang attacks a common scene. Clearly, if these student “normalistas” had been arrested earlier for vandalism, or other alleged crimes, and there we would not be talking about their tragic murders. Actually, that argument applies to all instances where the government, through its police power, failed to deliver anti-criminal activity results, even in its simplest forms, such as not taking bribes for traffic violations. In a country where money can get you out of trouble, it does not take long for individuals and crime cartels to control organized crime.

    Yet before one concludes that Mexico is a doomed state, things do change. One would have to look at New York City in the late 1970´s and early 1980´s to remember a time when the greatest capitalist city in the world was not considered safe. The “apocalyptic” sense that generated such films as “Escape from New York” and “Warriors”. True, this was at a city level, not at a national scale, but it was still NYC. Similarly, South Central L.A. in the late 80’s and early 1990´s, with the Bloods vs.Crips, would point to a sense of uncontrolled city violence. Only true civic and political accountability can change the course of a city or nation.

    There is an argument to be made that this violence comes hand in hand with true democracy, as autocratic state governing institutions have been eviscerated as a result of different parties controlling different chambers and institutions. The breakup of PRI hegemony over the entire state apparatus has allowed local, state, and federal governments in the hands of different parties, and their political members to compete for control of turf and wealth. Furthermore, Mexico´s economy, not unlike the United States has not grown enough to provide Mexican citizens of the poorest classes with a viable alternative to the seemingly easy money of the American market drug trade.

    Where I would be request more specificity about Ojeda’s comments is in the generalization that Mexicans feel this is the new normal. Her statement that “The left has lost its identity in its efforts to reach power. The right, which is more concerned with maintaining the appearance of good behavior, has shrouded itself in silence and indifference” reveals a left-leaning tendency, because the implication is that if the Left had an identity, this would somehow not be possible.

    I argue the contrary: the Left in Mexico has played class warfare consistently. Political movements such as MORENA constantly attack those who are not Mestizo and poor. The Right if anything has not pushed back on a political system built by the PRI over 70 years of political patronage and handouts (“pa la torta”). Cronyism, nepotism, political payouts in the form of appointments, or worse, in non-existent but well payed positions, is a trademark of all parties, but is especially in full display in Mexico’s leading leftist government of Mexico City.

    Racism is alive in Mexico, but it cuts both ways. Certain strata of Mexican society is definitely bigoted towards short, brown skinned, straight haired Mexicans. The inverse, however, is true too. Mexico may not be the ethnic and racial mix the United State is, but it is also a country of immigrants, particularly Spanish and some Central/Eastern European, and in Mexicali, you can find over 200,000 Chinese-Mexicans. And many, particularly in the political class of the left, see white-skinned Mexicans as objects of disdain.

    “Narcocorridos,” songs about Drug Lords, still glorify drug trafficking kings as some sort of social heroes. The Middle Class, and upper middle class, who also suffer greatly from crime waves, as businesses are extorted, or shut down in gasoline fires, receive little sympathy from the working poor and the political classes.

    Yet, the vast majority of Mexicans do not see their country in these terms. t is too simple to point at racism as a catch all for the cause of political instability and indifference, or more to the point “silence” about the death of the 43 “normalistas”. Rather, it’s a sense of dismay of not knowing, like Colombians felt for so many years, how to get out this situation. It will take a strong economy, and even stronger political institutions to improve the situation. The country will have to settle down politically, and mature, to achieve that. Journalism has been traditionally weak in Mexico, and will have to improve dramatically to generate a fourth power to keep political power in check.

    Finally, Mexicans will take control of their country. I can see already see that Mexicans are beginning to take responsibility for their political actions. The newly passed constitutional amendment that allows for reelection will make politicians think twice about their actions, as they will have to pay the piper at some point, and not simply disappear into obscurity in some state position. States like Yucatan are examples of civil society at its best. Yucatan has a lower crime rate than Wisconsin. For the first time, the Mexican Supreme Court is a force to be reckoned with, and has begun to exert its power to limit the other two branches of government. It will be a painful process, but it will have to trickle down to the local judges.

    I see the changes, and it will be difficult, but I can see that the country, even amidst these terrible incidents, will be better tomorrow than today.

    • Benjamin, I found your comment very well thought out and an articulate response to the article. I have created a Facebook page “Americans in Solidarity with Latin Americans.” My hope is that Americans become aware of the struggles everyday citizens in Mexico and Latin America face. My main goal at the moment is to highlight the atrocities that happened this last September. I invite you to like and share the page and to post your comments to help us build our page.
      Thank you.
      Zowe

  12. Sad reality that not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa’s students.

    I am very proud of our youth because they have been demonstrating courage to protest for the injustices occurring in Mexico. They do it despite all danger, despite the violence, and despite their limited resources. I saw first hand how they have to raise money to attend political rallies to express their disagreements, and how they have to raise money to provide with basic materials in order to continue their education at their rural schools. I am very proud of them.

    It is also sad that the participants in this Blog only write about it from a distance. It would be great if a scholarship or exchange is organized with members of this Rural Schools and your wealthy Campus. I am sure they have much to contribute to this Campus.

  13. As a Mexican, I do feel empathy and I am sorry for the disappearance of the 43 students. It is a cruel reflection of the security and corruption crisis Mexico is going through.

    What is infuriating for me is the portrayal of the students as some sort of divine entities. These students were anything but saints. They did commandeer buses, blocked roads, terrorized locals and overall were bullies. As bullies, they deserved to be punished appropriately for their crimes after a fair trial; a few years in prison, community service, etc. They DESERVED a trial, they deserved to be treated as flawed human beings and deserved a chance to defend themselves. They were teenagers, what the hell did any of us know about what’s really right and wrong as teenagers? They DID NOT deserve to be tortured and killed.

    I, however, feel infinitely more sorry for the millions of Mexicans living in extreme poverty, for the lack of initiative from the government and corrupt organizations to launch a sustainable and effective education reform, for the corrupt companies that only pursue their own agendas, for the thousands of innocent indigenous people who are wrongfully imprisoned because they cannot speak Spanish and serve as scapegoats, for the millions of ignorant citizens who gave away their votes for a coupon card, for the hundreds of thousands girls that are kidnapped and sold as prostitutes on a daily basis because of the existence of a very big and active domestic market; for the policeman on a crappy salary, for the misinformation, for treating migrants as criminals, for the driver in a hurry who skips a red light just because he can. I feel sorry for my country because it’s a country of citizens with selfish values.

    We have a saying in Mexico that says: “No es culpa del indio sino de quien lo hace compadre.” It literally translates as “it’s not the Indian’s fault, it’s the fault of the one who befriends him,” and basically means that we have to stop blaming the big bad government for all of our disgraces and start looking into ourselves and see that everything that’s happening is because of us. It starts by admitting our selfishness and start changing it. It begins with the core of our fractured society and our ability as rational beings to mold and change it. We need to admit that we always put our own comfort before the law, before what’s right. We still believe that money buys everything; we are the masters of justifying our every wrongful action. We are unable to admit that we were wrong.

    We need to understand that democracy means that WE have the power, that it is US who transfer this power to someone else and can easily claim it back. We are flawed human beings, and we need to admit our mistake: we do not understand democracy yet. We are a young democracy, but as a society, we need to right this wrong, we owe it to ourselves.

    • Hola! También soy mexicana y no podría estar más de acuerdo con cada palabra que has escrito. Es reconfortante saber que hay gente que siente lo mismo.

  14. It is not that we are indifferent to what happens in our country. But for some of us it is hard to feel empathy or show support for a group that, as part of their protest, have killed a person, kidnap people, extort and attack drivers at toll booths, block workplaces that have nothing to do with their demands and stop workers from actually working and earning money.

    The facts are that the missing students were 120 miles away from their school in a town with no apparent significance to their demands. A town controlled by a mayor who had been accused of working with the cartels. They were sent there by their leaders to kidnap and steal, as some of the survivors have declared in several interviews. Don’t you think the leaders of the school should also be held accountable for sending freshmen to do this in a town controlled by a cartel 120 miles away from their school?

    Now, I am not saying they deserve what happened to them. Nobody deserves that. In any country, there should be justice for everyone. They should have been apprehended and they deserved a fair trial for their actions. I don’t care if they are poor, rich, have dark or fair skin. Everybody deserves a fair trial.

    So tell me now, would you go out and demonstrate and show support to free the people imprisoned in Guantanamo? Perhaps you do, I don’t know. But you should not be indifferent to their situation. Your own government is imprisoning people taking away their most basic rights in an offshore prison where they are most likely being tortured. So where are the mass demonstrations of the American people to stop this? Why are Americans so indifferent to this? Is it because it is hard for anyone in the country to show support to a group of people that killed thousands? And I am not saying the missing students should be compared to terrorists, but I am trying to show you why it is hard for a lot of Mexicans to feel empathy with this group.

    And you are right, there is a lot of misinformation out there in which the missing students are portrayed as pacifist activists who were disappeared by big bad government. The reality is that in Mexico people are attacked on a daily basis by their government, by the cartels, by groups of political agitators (like the students from this school), by anyone who has their own agenda and enough power.

    So whose side should I take? The aggressive group of people who attack their own towns but were attacked by an even more aggressive group? The government that lies to us on a daily basis? The leader of the opposition (AMLO) who as mayor of Mexico City had a special task force of the police who kidnapped and tortured students? Any of the parties who spend every day trying to find different ways to steal more from the people? I even feel I am the worst Mexican in the country as I don’t find it in myself to support any of these groups and I am accused of being indifferent for this.

    I demand justice too, but not the selective justice the government provides, and certainly not the selective justice the demonstrators are demanding. I want the missing students to be found, I want them and any other who has broken the law to get a fair trial. I want the people who kidnapped them and the people who ordered this to get a fair trial too. But I am sorry, I won’t join my voice to those who demand justice by burning down public buildings and are using this tragedy to further push their own agenda.

    • Ricardo. You do not understand what is happening in Mexico. Media in Mexico is not reliable, so don’t believe what they say. These students are very poor and wanted to get more support and better conditions for their school. For instance, they get less than 5 USD daily for food and live in that boarding school under very bad conditions. It is true that they “kidnapped” (after talking with the drivers) these buses to travel to Iguala, but they did it because there is little else they can do to make the government listen to what they are asking for: better conditions in these “rural” schools.

      The “normalistas” of Ayotzinapa have been attacked before by federal police, who killed 2 students in 2012. Media in Mexico condemn the “normalistas” for burning a gas station, when the videos available clearly show that police allowed 2 masked criminals to burn it, an event that caused the death of the person in charge.

      The students didn’t “attack their own towns”, they protested, painting walls and stopping traffic. It is a lie that AMLO had a special task force to kidnap and torture students, where did you get that “information” from Fox news?

  15. Lorena, an excellent point. Indeed there are many any people in Mexico that think and as a matter of fact are very vocal in saying that in fact these students deserve it. I know many, these people are a high middle class with degrees that are still very ignorant. They judge humans by color of skin and bank accounts, by the jobs they hold (gasp) and are the people that get excited when they go shopping in the States. Yes, they went to school and some have masters from other countries (because you will be judge by being able to pay international rates in other countries, just having one from Mexico’s fantastic universities devaluates as a human being.)

    I tend to call this people “Burgueses del Tercer Mundo” o “Burguesia Tercermundista.” These people still marvel at the cleanliness in the States if they visit Disneyland. They never read a book much less a Mexican author and do not value Mexican traditions. Yes, these are the people that believe that other humans deserve to die.

  16. My heart breaks for my motherland every time I learn of new atrocities and human rights violations. The Mexican people need to stick together now more than ever. I really wish the average American would take notice and just give a single damn. The belief that some lives are worth more than others is the root of all our problems.

  17. Lorena Ojeda is to be commended for writing this commentary on the depressing situation in Guerrero. Imagine that a similar number of students had disappeared in California. Our state and federal investigators would have very quickly determined what had happened.

    During the past thirty years or so, I have taken several dozen UC Berkeley students on field trips to Mexico. Most of these trips were to remote areas including Sierra Madre del Sur in Guerrero. Apart from the occasional “mordida,” i.e. undeserved traffic fine, we never experienced any illegal behavior. On the contrary, the Mexicans we met were almost always hospitable and friendly.

    Unfortunately, the increased importance of the illegal drug trade in Mexico has made several areas potentially dangerous for both Mexicans and Americans, and as a result I will probably not organize any more Mexican field trips.

    It is encouraging, however, that the University of California is currently trying to strengthen its connections with Mexican academic institutions. I would urge President Napolitano to use her influence at even higher levels, in both Washington and Mexico City, to address the root causes of drug crime in Mexico.

  18. Just to give some extra information, despite the fact that ANY human loss is sad, and my country is indeed living a war against drug cartels and yes, our government has proven no efficiency in lower criminal rates, it’s important to know that those so-called “teacher students” were also involved in drug business, some of these 43 young men belonged to a criminal group called “los Rojos” (the Reds) opposite to the local leader’s Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors).

    My point is, any murder is still a crime, and I dream of a safe Mexico, but these “students” were nothing but casualties of this war between cartels.

    • The claim that these students were part of Los Rojos is pretty much hearsay. This is what the police told Guerreros Unidos when they were handed over to them. I don’t think it sounds plausible, both feats of being a student and working for the cartel are too much time-consuming to be able to pull off at the same time. I won’t claim it’s false, but I can’t claim it’s true either.

      Sounds more like a biased press trying to pin this on them as if they deserved it.

  19. Still sadder is the reality that decriminalization of drug use would end this dirty little war. Just another widening of the gap between rich and poor: the global north condemns the global south to the forces of evil (the cartels) because they think that “protecting” their citizenry from substance abuse is more important (or valuable) than the destruction of civil society in countries that produce those substances.

    • the truth is that these events are more related to the fact that mexicans are tired of living in a puppet state of huge companies with a fake goverment full of greedy people that work for themselves than the failure of united states to destroy the drug traffic (that is actually used by the mexican goverment to give points to the GDP).

      Mexican didn’t have problems with drug traffic to united states 20 years ago, and everybody knew the goverment were the drug lords, yes it was horrible and sad and we were ignorant and the goverment represive.

      the drug war was because the PAN tried to destroy the source of power of the PRI, they lost and the PRI bought this elections.
      the PAN wanted to live of selling natural resources and give all energetics to transnationals, now the PRI tried to do what they used to do and also sell the energetics while life of the mexicans keep getting worse. that’s why people is angry, but saddly most are not critical thinkers enough to realize that.
      Mexican goverment used to kill critical thinkers.
      now they can’t.
      because the internet.
      but they still tried.
      and this is what happened.

  20. Thank you for writing this. It’s unthinkable that under the circumstances anyone would consider pointing a finger at the students and putting the blame on them. It’s adding insult to injury in the most cruel way possible.

    I wrote a song to express my outrage, pain, anger, frustration and despair over the events in Iguala and those that have been occurring for sometime around Mexico. Hear it here on YouTube.

    Mexico has been my home and my adopted country; it breaks my heart that it has disintegrated so quickly.

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