On Oct. 14, 2014 Guatemala’s Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled to open trial against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q’eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco and other serious crimes perpetrated in the framework of the government countreinsurgency policies during the armed conflict.
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 villas of Buenos Aires–the poorest neighborhoods in the city, self-constructed, self-defended during decades of state harassment and real estate speculation–produce one of the best publications around: La Garganta Poderosa.
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.