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Mexico’s Day of Rage

43 college students were abducted on Sept. 26th in Guerrero, Mexico. Police and gunmen shot 6 students to death before taking the other 43. Mexico has taken some action by arresting the “mayor of the city of Iguala, José Luis Abarca; his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda; and an aide and charged them with masterminding the attack.”

Why aren’t more people talking about this?

(Pictures are from the link above)

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I have seen many posts about protests in Hong Kong, Australia, Ukraine … but very little about what is happening in Mexico. Please put aside racism.

Some months ago, 43 students from a rural teaching school in the state of Guerrero —yes, the state in which Acapulco is located— were heading to a peaceful demonstration in a small town called Ayotzinapa. None of them did it to this event. They were seized by police officers who later handed them over to a vicious drug cartel. The said demonstration turned violent and the army was responsible for injuring dozens of innocent people who ended up in nearby hospitals.

Since the demise of the students, the entire country has witnessed a widespread indignation and impotence. Thousands of people have shown their support throughout Mexico to the families of the victims through peaceful demonstrations and messages on social networks.

On November 7, 2014, the General Attorney of Mexico, Jesús Murillo Karam, publicly announced that the 43 students had been found dead; actually, in ashes. The message of this officer was the official version of the federal government. The problem is that nobody believed them.

Since this announcement was made, Mexicans have come to protest because the truth to be told. The demonstrations have been massive and through social networks, many Mexican personalities have spoken out against the government’s version and have requested that the facts are clarified, that the search for the missing students continues and that real culprits are punished.

On November 9, a huge demonstration for the missing students and against the federal government was held in Mexico City, where protesters even demanded the resignation of the unpopular president, Enrique Peña Nieto. In social networks it is clear that no one, I mean, no one, supports the president, who, presumably, was imposed by an undemocratic and corrupt manner in 2012. The event came to a climax when a group of protesters set fire to one of the doors of the National Palace —building in Mexico City that houses the office of the President of Mexico— and attempted to overthrow more. Police violently attacked not only against those responsible for these acts, but much more completely innocent people.

Sadly no one on the national media covers the facts truthfully, with transparency and fairness. In Mexico there are very few broadcast networks —similar to ABC, NBC, etc. — and the biggest and most important is Televisa, the largest producer of “telenovelas”. Televisa’s “Channel 2”, in addition to telenovelas also offers news segments which unfortunately hide the reality: they didn’t televised demonstrations as they really were; the presidential family recently caused controversy by acquiring a mansion of over US$ 7 million, and this TV company never aired something about this.

One of the few reliable news brands in Mexico is CNN, which followed closely the case of the controversial mansion as well as the case of the 43 students, and were among the few who dared to criticize the government openly on national television and Internet.

Today, November 20, 104 years of the Mexican Revolution are celebrated. Such an important date is commemorated in Mexico City with an iconic military parade with the presence of the president of Mexico. But this year, the social outrage has surpassed the desire to celebrate and instead of parade —which was canceled just two days earlier— a massive demonstration against the current president of Mexico, corruption, impunity and of course, justice, for the case of the 43 missing students to be clarified, is being held.

Since 2006, over 22,000 people have disappeared in Mexico, because of the “drug war” caused and intensified by the huge consumption of drugs in the United States.

Please share this. It’s not your country, not your people, but outraged and tired of an ineffective and corrupt government young students are trying to change things. Please help this be known.

How I ruined student government: By Andrew Chapin.

Step 1: Run for office. Be charming which is really really easy. Photoshop head on communist leader and use this for campaign posters. 

Step 2: Win election. Receive award because people liked your campaign poster.

Step 3: Make wonderful speech that inspires people. They love you now.

Step 4: Have sex with girlfriend live on campus radio. Crown yourself King. Declare independence from the United States in front of large crowd. Do mushrooms in public. Host epic rap battles on the campus green. Use campus police as personal taxi service so senior girlfriend doesn’t have to walk to your dorm. Start handing out pamphlets educating the students about the benefits of responsible MDMA use. Tell a professor to “Fuck off”. Start a Fight Club in basement of dorm. Spend entire school government budget on magicians and getting Dennis Haskins to show up at your school because you always wanted to meet Mr. Belding from “Saved by the Bell”. Etc. 

Step 5: During impeachment trial, be very drunk. 

Step 6: Get impeached

Step 7: Love yourself. Immensely.  

Finally some justice in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students 

After more than a month of protests and anxiety, there’s finally good news in the case of Mexico’s missing students.

The Mexican mayor and his wife deemed “probable masterminds” of the disappearance of 43 students have been arrested in Mexico City, a federal police spokesman said Tuesday, CNN reported.

This is a major breakthrough in the case 

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$62.6 billion. That’s how much the U.S. Department of Education estimates public institutions collected in tuition fees in 2012 across the entire United States. That’s also less than the $69 billion the New America Foundation says the country spent in 2013 on financial aid programs like Pell Grants and work-study programs alone. As the Atlantic’s Jordan Weissmann notes, that $69 billion is just the tip of the iceberg, not even including federal loans.

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While I understand that what has happened in Ferguson is upsetting and it angers many people, including me, there’s so many more things going on in other countries that people don’t know about and should know about. These things are NOT getting as much coverage because they’re happening outside of the country. So I urge, urge, urge you to PLEASE reblog and show support and inform yourselves of what’s going on outside Ferguson and outside the US. This world is really turning horrible and we need to do everything we can to help people outside our countries.

HERE ARE SOME LINKS:

MEXICO:
1) http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/11/25/3596618/photos-ayotzinapa/
2) http://www.npr.org/2014/11/22/365993098/still-few-answers-in-killing-of-43-students-in-mexico

FERGUSON:
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/us/ferguson-shooting-protests

PALESTINE:
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49431#.VHVeDtm9LCQ

ETC…

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R.I.P. Michael Brown and the 43 mexican students

Last September 26th, 43 students were tortured and killed because of the government corruption of Mexico. The bodies are still not found, but in the search of them in the mountains of Guerrero, they have found many other unknown bodies buried in different locations.

Most of the students were between 17 and 25 years old and they were going to be teachers for poor schools all around the country. These students were killed by the order of the Iguala’s mayor; he thought they were too much trouble and they interfered with his and his wife’s plans.

The whole country is extremely angry because of this situation. Our government is killing innocent people and they are doing whatever they want with us. There has been many riots since this event, people is fighting against the police trying to speak their voices out. One week ago, for our Day of Revolution anniversary there were riots all over the country, but especially in Mexico City (our capital) millions of people walked on the streets, try to shut down the airport and at the end of the day, they burned a giant doll of our president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

We want you to be informed about our situation like we are about yours. What happened to Michael Brown and to the 43 students is just unacceptable, how is it possible that this happens on the 21st century? Our governments are very messed up (in different ways) but us, the people, we are just done with this, and we should fight for what we deserve; being treated as human beings. The government is supposed to protect us, and they are just killing us.

We support you and your fight against racisms, but we also ask you to support us after this tragic event against innocent students. Please share this, so everyone knows that we are together against corruption.

(I did not take the photographs; I found them on different social websites).