Following a week of accolades abroad, President Enrique Peña Nieto returned home to face the worst political crisis of his administration. Protests rage after local police forcibly disappeared 43 students of Ayotzinapa, a rural teaching college in the state of Guerrero. As investigations continue, the crisis has laid bare the violence and corruption that control large parts of the nation.
Acapulco looks like it’s in hurricane mode. But despite the government campaign to create fear among the local population, close to ten thousand people marched to demand the safe return of 43 education students, forcibly disappeared by local police on Sept. 26 in the nearby city of Iguala .
Every year on October 2 thousands of Mexican students pour into the streets of Mexico City, marching from Tlatelolco through the historic city center downtown, to the main plaza. This year they commemorated the 1968 massacre of students, the attack on Ayotzinapa students last month and the life of Raúl Alvarez Garin, “the hero of Tlatelolco”.
The outrage will likely grow. It is all too predictable that at some point the disappeared will cross over into the column of the murdered and more families will lose the last ray of hope. One thing though is certain–Mexico is undergoing a shift of conscience.
Thousands of members of the bases of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation marched briskly through San Cristobal de las Casas on Oct. 8. The long river of Zapatistas moved silently, carrying signs that read “Your rage is ours”, “Your pain is our pain” and “You are not alone”.