Over the past 11 months, the tragedy has shined a global spotlight on the wave of human rights violations in Mexico, often the result of state collusion.
Relatives of the 43 Ayotzinapa students who disappeared on Sept. 26 initiated a month-long hunger strike Wednesday — that will end on the one-year anniversary of the crime — to express their dismay with the official government.
The demonstration started Wednesday afternoon in Mexico City, with the support of the State Coordination of Education Workers from Guerrero (Ceteg), amongst others.
The protestors will march to the embassies of several countries located in the capital, reported the local media, in order to pressure the government to follow recommendations of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights which has participated in the investigation for the last five months.
In September, dozens of students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college in the Mexican state of Guerrero were attacked by local police. Six people were killed, and 43 disappeared and have remained missing. The police allegedly acted on the orders from the then local mayor, whose wife was worried that the students might disrupt an event she was holding.
Family members of the missing students do not believe the version of events put forward by Mexican authorities, claiming that the local police, following the mayor’s orders, handed the students over to the criminal gang Guerreros Unidos, who killed them and burnt their bodies. An investigation into the case by Proceso magazine suggests the attack was planned, executed, and supervised by Mexico's federal police to undermine the political fight of the students from a teacher training college in Ayotzinapa. Moreover, various audiovisual evidences were recently found to have been destroyed during the investigation.
The attorney general has not yet interrogated two key witnesses who were possibly involved in the tragedy: the former Secretary of Iguala Public Security, Felipe Flores Vazquez, and the leader of the criminal group Los Rojos, Santiago Mazari.