On Mexico’s 43


Ricardo Quintana Vallejo

I feel a certain responsibility to talk about recent events in Mexico in this language that is not my own. I fear I will write many inaccuracies but I will try to be as unbiased as one can be when all news from home indicates hope for change and the violent resistance of the state apparatus in place.

As a good friend said recently in social media: I don’t know whether to admire or commiserate the people who have a clear understanding of recent events.

This morning the Guardian reported that “Mexico is facing an escalating political crisis amid growing fury over a mansion built for the presidential family and the disappearance and probable massacre of 43 student teachers.” (See link in English http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/20/mexico-protests-anti-government-anger-violence-students-president)

43 has become a symbolic figure of the capacity of the repressive state to disappear people who speak out. Protests may not be quit and…

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