Thou­sands march for 43 miss­ing stu­dents

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple marched with the par­ents of 43 miss­ing stu­dents in Mex­ico City, de­mand­ing that they be found alive on the sec­ond an­niver­sary of their dis­ap­pear­ance.

The pro­test­ers chanted “we want them alive!” as they ral­lied across the mega-city’s main boule­vard, with the par­ents lead­ing the demon­stra­tion with pic­tures of their sons.

“It has been two years of pain and suf­fer­ing,” said Felipe de la Cruz, a spokesper­son for the fam­i­lies.

“We will top­ple this rot­ten gov­ern­ment with your sup­port.”

The stu­dents van­ished on Septem­ber 26, 2014, af­ter they hi­jacked buses for a protest in Mex­ico City and were at­tacked by lo­cal po­lice.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the of­fi­cers de­liv­ered the 43 trainee teach­ers to the Guer­reros Unidos drug car­tel, which killed them, in­cin­er­ated their bod­ies at a garbage dump and tossed the re­mains in a river.

The re­mains of only one stu­dent were iden­ti­fied af­ter a bone frag­ment was found in the river.

But in­de­pen­dent ex­perts from the In­ter-Amer­i­can Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights have re­jected the gov­ern­ment’s con­clu­sion, say­ing such a mas­sive funeral pyre at the land­fill was sci­en­tif­i­cally im­pos­si­ble.

The at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice has since agreed to con­duct new searches for the stu­dents else­where.

Speak­ing dur­ing a visit to Colom­bia, Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto, whose gov­ern­ment has faced crit­i­cism for its han­dling of the case, promised to “ex­pand the in­ves­ti­ga­tions” to solve the crime. –

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