All Eyes on Mexico

la carta en español está abajo la que está en inglés aquí y un artículo de La Jornada sobre el evento


London, United Kingdom, October 2, 2014
46 years of impunity:

October 2nd will never be forgotten

Mexican Embassy in London
42 Hertford Street Mayfair
London W1J 7JR
United Kingdom

Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering,

The reason for this letter is to express our concern and most

profound outrage regarding the recent events in Mexico. On Friday September 26th in four different but related events in Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, 43 students belonging to the Rural School “Raúl Isidro Burgos” of Ayotzinapa were disappeared, 6 people were murdered and more than 20 injured, some of them of gravity. The students were collecting

funds to attend the commemorative demonstration of October 2nd of 1968 Killing in Mexico City.

Sadly, these events are not isolated, but the effect of a long prevailing impunity. The first enforced disappearance registered in 1969 was coincidently in the state of Guerrero. Since then, more than 600 people have disappeared for political reasons. Every presidential term has produced its own disappearances and has guaranteed the impunity of its predecessors. This process allowed that to this day more than 20,000 people remain disappeared in Mexico, according to official numbers of the government that you represent.

The government which you work for has belittled the status of disappearances by talking about "people not located", has re-victimized families, and has made insufficient efforts to fulfil international obligations which the government itself has committed to comply in the field of enforced disappearances. To give an example, President Peña Nieto has denied a hearing to the mothers of Ciudad Juarez, who have maintained a hunger strike for days, and who have recently reported harassment by different entities associated with state security bodies.

October 2nd is the 46th anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre. The Mexican justice system has determined that genocide was committed at the Plaza de Las Tres Culturas, (Three Cultures Square) but those responsible have not received a sentence; a crime without criminals. The guaranteed impunity to those who committed this and other crimes has been a blank check for the various government entities which have violated human rights in many communities across the country. The failure of the state in the administration of justice, and the active participation in the criminalization of protest, prevent Mexico from guaranteeing rights to its citizens, and instead perpetuates impunity. In this context, President Peña Nieto has paradoxically announced that Mexico will take part in UN peacekeeping missions. But how can a country participate in peacekeeping missions when inside the country its government infringes upon peace, violates human rights, and guarantees impunity?

Julio César Mondragón, one of the students of the Ayotzinapa Rural School murdered last September 26th was found on Saturday September 27th with signs of torture and with his face flayed. Julio César had his eyes brutally removed; we assume from here the responsibility of remaining alert to denounce these crimes.

Mr. Gómez Pickering: 46 years ago, in protest against the massacre of the 2nd of October, Octavio Paz quit his job as Mexico's Ambassador in India. What will you do in the face of the continuous acts of violence and repression in Mexico? What will you do in the face of 46 years of impunity from the Tlatelolco massacre, and the omnipresent impunity in Mexico?

Being consequent with a policy of impunity, we do not suppose you will resign your position. We demand that, at least, as the Ambassador of Mexico, you let Enrique Peña Nieto know that in the United Kingdom we are deeply concerned by what he is doing, that we demand justice for the 6 murdered people, that we will keep demonstrating in demand for truth and justice, and that we demand the immediate safe and sound return of the 43 disappeared students. Every day that passes without the lawful judgement and punishment of these crimes, without the presentation of the disappeared, the Mexican state is violating the international treaties that it is committed to uphold.


UK Zapatista Solidarity Network:
Dorset Chiapas Solidarity Group
Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group
Kiptik (Bristol)
London Mexico Solidarity Group
Manchester Zapatista Collective
UK Zapatista Learning and Teaching Collective
UK Zapatista Translation Service
Zapatista Solidarity Group – Essex

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