Did The Mexican Government Lie About 43 Disappeared Students?

Last year 43 people – all students at a teachers college – disappeared during a school trip. How much closer are we to knowing what actually happened?

By Joy DiazSeptember 25, 2015 1:17 pm

Tomorrow marks one year since the mass disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa attending a rural teacher’s college.

After official investigations, Mexico’s government has concluded that on September 26th, 2014, corrupt police in the southern Mexican town of Iguala – instructed by a drug gang to round up rivals – apprehended the 43 students. They were then handed over to the drug gang, executed and their bodies incinerated at a garbage dump.

But a recent report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has discredited many parts of the government’s narrative.

Parents have met with the Mexican President and they say they believe their sons are alive. Tomorrow there will be a major demonstration in Mexico City. Josefina Salomón is with Amnesty International, which has been pressing the govermment for answers.

Salomón says the Ayotzinapa tragedy is one of the “worst human rights scandals” in Mexico in recent memory.

“It has exposed the crisis of disappearances taking place across Mexico,” she says.

She calls this a monumental scandal because the government has arrested hundreds of people but continues to insist that the students were killed. Outside experts, including international investigators, that say the kidnapping and murders were “not possible.”

“You have a country here where just anybody can disappear into thin air and nobody would know what happened to them,” she says.

When a person goes missing, Salomón says families have zero reliable information about what happened.

“You have 43 families who do not know what happened to their loved ones,” she says.