11 Arrested During #20NovMX Ayotzinapa Protests Released From Prison

Lawyers call for resignation of Attorney General Murillo Karam

The 11 arrested during November 20th protests in support of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa in Mexico City were finally released from maximum security prisons Saturday.

A judge from the Seventeenth District Court based in Veracruz issued the release order due to lack of evidence. The 11 were originally charged with terrorism, organized crime, attempted murder, rioting and vandalism. Charges of terrorism and organized crime were later dropped.

César Roberto Jasso, Angel Ramon Dominguez Patlán, Hugo Bautista Hernández, Atzin Andrade Gonzalez, Juan Daniel López Ávila, Laurence Maxwell Ilabaca, Luis Carlos Ricardo Moreno, Francisco García Martínez, Hillary Analí González Olguin, Liliana Garduño Ortega and Tania Ivonne Damian Rojas were all detained when riot police charged the more than 200,000 protesters assembled in or around the Zócalo of Mexico City.

Family and supporters of the 11 say they were arbitrarily arrested on the street, some while riding their bikes or returning home from school. Lawyers and human rights activists also say the 11 were beaten, forced to stand against a wall for more than 20 hours, held incommunicado and denied the right to a lawyer of their choice while in detention.

“The organizations that worked in the defense of the accused…all agree that after this important resolution, Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam and Mexico City Secretary of Public Security, Jesus Rodriguez Almeida, should resign,” Karla Micheel Salas of Mexico’s National Association of Democratic Lawyers told La Jornada.

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Murillo Karam Moves to Close Ayotzinapa Case After Months of Rage

Thousands took to the streets of Mexico City and dozens of others throughout Mexico and the world for the eighth Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa on January 26, four months to the day 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, by government security forces. Three other normalistas were shot and killed by authorities that night.

In a press conference the next day, Jesús Murillo Karam, Mexico’s Attorney General, assured reporters there was “legal certainty” to declare that all 43 students were murdered, effectively closing the case.

“Without a doubt, the evidence allows us to determine that the students at the teachers’ college were abducted, killed, burned, and thrown into the San Juan River,” Murillo Karam said.

Hours later, Enrique Peña Nieto held an official event where he echoed previous statements calling on Mexicans to get over Ayotzinapa.

“I’m also convinced that this moment, this moment in the history of Mexico, grief and tragedy and pain can not leave us trapped, we can not stay here,” said Peña Nieto. He added: “We have to move forward with greater optimism.”

Although many presume the 43 were killed soon after being abducted, the student’s parents insist the government keep the case open until independent scientists can prove remains found in Cocula are those of their children.

Photo credits: La Jornada, YouTube, Regeneracion Radio


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#YaMeCansé: Mexican Civil Society Takes to the Streets in Response to Murillo Karam's 'I'm Already Tired'

After 42 days of stonewalling, Mexico’s AG, Jesús Murillo Karam, gave a press conference Friday outlining the death of 43 Ayotzinapa students disappeared Sept. 26 in Iguala, Guerrero. Before taking the last question, Murillo Karam was caught turning to an aid and saying, “I’m already tired.”

See the full storify of memes, videos and live dispatches from last night’s demo at PGR headquarters below!

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11 weeks after the attacks, the parents possessed little more information about their sons than what they had been told in the days immediately after the disappearances. This is what they knew. This is what we know. The police, aided by gunmen, killed three people, wounded more than 20, and disappeared 43. Three masked gunmen in civilian clothes returned to the scene of one of the attacks and killed two students and wounded others. Someone murdered and mutilated Julio César Mondragón Fontes. Someone murdered and burned Alexander Mora Venancio. The army forcibly removed wounded students from a private hospital but otherwise did not intercede. Everything else about what happened to the students after the police took them is either rumor, speculation, or based on dubious confessions.

In response to Murillo Karam’s statement, the parents warned of more protests. Many of them learned the news during a march in Mexico City and announced it while standing before Monumento a la Revolución, the towering edifice to the Mexican Revolution. Felipe de la Cruz, one of the fathers, told the crowd: “We will not sit down and cry. We will continue in our struggle to bring back alive the 42.” By then this demand — this heartbreaking and irreproachable demand — had come to speak not only for the disappeared sons of Ayotzinapa but also for the profound yearning to bring Mexico itself back from all the horror.

Full long-form account of Ayotzinapa, worth a read at: https://stories.californiasunday.com/2015-01-04/mexico-the-disappeared-en

and in Spanish: https://stories.californiasunday.com/2015-01-04/mexico-the-disappeared-es