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The Ayotzinapa case: The meticulous farce of the truth

A heart-breaking report reveals that the disappearance of the 43 students from Iguala (Mexico) was not only a state crime, but was also known and monitored at the highest governmental level.


Luces IV. Photo by Boerries Nehe / Flickr. Creative Commons License.

Luis Manuel Arce Isaac


This was revealed by the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice and what is most outrageous is that it could have been prevented, especially because what happened on the night of 26 and early morning of 27 September 2014 was known in real time by municipal, state and national authorities, and followed by Navy drones as if it were a movie. The report presented on Thursday 18 August by the commission, headed by government undersecretary Alejandro Encinas, is so heart-breaking and harsh that, although its details were almost certain, the relatives found it hard to digest and announced that they would take time to present their position. The information provided by Encinas is preliminary, but conclusive, which means that when it gets into the details and reveals step-by-step how the 43 students were physically eliminated, even the most insensitive people will shudder.

Encinas was very clear in insisting that there is no indication that they are alive. The three levels of government, the police and the army were able to prevent the barbarity committed by the organised underworld – the Guerreros Unidos cartel – under their supervision, including the structures of the administration of former president Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Hence the iron “pact of silence” that the commission has had to break little by little.

The meticulous farce of The Historical Truth, concocted by Tomás Zerón de Lucio, head of the Criminal Investigation Agency of the now defunct Attorney General’s Office, now a fugitive from justice and protected by the Israeli government, confirms the responsibility of the Peña Nieto administration in the events.

Encinas clarified that the dozens and dozens of people under investigation do not include the ex-president based in Spain with his millions of dollars, but he made an important caveat: “for now”, and that statement renews hope that the roots of the crime will be found, family members noted. The government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was careful to deliver the 104-page report and eight annexes to them before releasing them to journalists at the National Palace itself.

The recommendation made by several of those attending the presentation of the valuable document is that it be published and distributed to the whole world so that humanity not only learns of such barbarity, but also acts to prevent it anywhere on the planet.

Some paragraphs in the report are chilling: “All federal, state and municipal authorities were informed of the seizure of the trucks, the transfer of the students to Iguala, their arrival at Rancho del Cura and the Iguala toll booth, their arrival at the bus station, the persecution and violence to which they were subjected”.

“The omissions incurred by these authorities demonstrate a level of responsibility, whether by action, omission or negligence, because if they had intervened in a timely manner, with the information they had, the disappearance and murder of the students would have been prevented”.

With the review and analysis of all the elements – including files, telephone and messenger records, testimonies, files of the army and other corporations, video recordings, among others – “the collusion of authorities from different levels of government, such as the municipal police of Iguala, Cocula, Huiztuco Tetecuacuilco, with Guerreros Unidos to carry out the disappearance of the boys is fully accredited”. (PL)

(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: Photos: Pixabay

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