Reported disappearance of 31 other students in Cocula, Mexico.

One of the mothers of the students missing in Cocula.
Photo: France24

MEXICO, DF (proceso.com.mx) .- The French media reported that two months before the case of the 43 normalistas in Iguala, 31 other young students from the neighboring town of Cocula were disappeared by gangland.

The TV channel France 24 broadcasted on Wednesday night that the middle school students have been missing since July 17th, but the case remained in silence because of the fear of threats coming from the delinquents.

The testimonies collected by the television say the last day of school before summer vacation, hooded men dressed in dark blue and apparently were traveling in police vehicles, abducted the young students when they left Justo Sierra Middle-school.

The school is located right next to the town hall of Cocula, where the police are involved in the disappearance of the 43 normalistas in Ayotzinapa.

Although there were witnesses of the kidnapping committed in broad daylight in the town’s main square, not far from these relatives of the victims wanted to present the case.

The national and international media coverage of the 43 normalistas in Ayotzinapa, encouraged the mother of one of the missing girls to testify to the correspondent for France 24, Laurence Cuvillier.

“On July 17th, gunmen arrived and took my daughter and other kids when they left school … The people who were there did not move, they were afraid because the gunmen threatened them,” the woman said.

Other testimonies off camera confirmed the kidnapping of the young students.

The case was also published today by the French newspaper Le Monde, in an editorial over the weekend said that the demonstrations in Mexico by the disappearance of normalistas are against the mafia state that has emerged in the country.



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