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.
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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.