Why Did Mexican Police Make 43 Student Teachers Disappear?
Recently, in Iguala, Mexico, a total of 49 teachers-to-be were kidnapped and killed. Six were killed in the initial attack, and 43 were trucked away. Several men confessed to executing the 43 and then incinerating their bodies with tires and gasoline. However, many Mexicans doubt these specifics and suspect local, state and federal governments of covering up what occurred, a violent political repression.
They were killed, at least in part, because they were poor, rural teachers from indigenous backgrounds, teachers who were speaking out.
All sources say police fired into a defenseless group of education students traveling through Iguala, a modern, historic town south of Mexico City. The students were almost all college freshman at the normal school (teachers' college) at Ayotzinapa (Ah-yote-see-NAH-pah). The normal school students (normalistas) regularly organize public events to express teachers' voices about managing schools. That day, they were part of a related activity, organizing to attend annual public marches commemorating the never-prosecuted 1968 military slaughter of hundreds of students in Mexico City. The normalistas carried no weapons. The government now tells the enraged public to forget about the "senseless" massacre. Politicians tender only the shallowest explanation of the massacre, now mentioned infrequently in the corporate-government media.