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  • People hold pictures of missing students during a demonstration on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. ―(Photo: REUTERS)

    People hold pictures of missing students during a demonstration on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. ―(Photo: REUTERS) | Photo: REUTERS

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The protesters declared that they will start an independent search for their missing children.

On Friday relatives of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa Teacher’s Training School, declared that they will start an independent search for their missing children.

“We will go armed and backed up by the Community Guard (Community Authorities Regional Coordination),” stated one of the student’s parent.

At the end of a meeting among the Federal Detail and a commission of parents and the counselors from the Tlachinollan Centers for Human Rights on the Mountain, the relatives of the 43 spontaneously demonstrated at the front doors of the Chilpancingo Human Rights Commission, while chanting, “¡Murderers!” to federal officials.

The parents, angry about the lack of official response to their demands, threw water and soda bottles against the Federal Government retinue – headed by Commissioner of the Federal Police, Enrique Galindo Ceballos, the General Attorney’s (PGR) Criminal Investigation director Tomaz Zeron and Deputy Interior secretary Jaime Ramos--  in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state's capital.

“They committed to present the information on Monday, it’s data that will allow us to get up to date and help, because there’s a gap on the investigations, meaning the PGR is way ahead of us, there’s stuff we don't know because he have been denied the files”

Even the announcement of the arrest of Cesar Nava Gonzalez, deputy police chief of Cocula accused of handing in the then detained students to members of the United Warriors (Guerreros Unidos) drug cartel, was not enough to appease the parents, who proposed to ask all communitarian police forces to start their own search.

According to Zeron, Nava confirmed the orders from Felipe Flores (formerIguala's Secretary of Security, still at large) to aid on the detention of the Ayotzinapa students, take them from Iguala municipal holding cells and hand them to the organized crime.

“We’re only told of the searches being done in 144 places, but no news of them finding [the students]. Is the same than in previous meetings,” declared Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, counselor of Tlachinollan.

He also added that the organization is urging for the information the Nation’s president promised to be presented, as it is still being kept from them and the investigation team.

“They committed to present the information on Monday, it’s data that will allow us to get up to date and help, because there’s a gap on the investigations, meaning the PGR is way ahead of us, there’s stuff we don't know because he have been denied the files,” said the counselor.

Rosales Sierra also stated they will ask for 10 experts to participate in the technical assistance group of the International Human Rights Commission, among them the Argentine Ariel Dubovsky, Claudia Paz from Guatemala, Roberto Garreton from Chile and the Peruvian Gino Costa.

On the declarations of the President Enrique Peña Nieto about the use of force to appease “destabilizing” protests, the parents of the 43 declared to be worried by the Federal Government’s change of strategy, fearing the spotlight will be directed to federal intervention through repressive measures. 

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