Mexico finds mass graves with 28 bodies where students went missing

October 7, 2014

10/06/14 The Washington Post 

police in tjMassacres and mass graves are rarely a surprise in Mexico anymore. The nation’s drug gangs have periodically used them as a public intimidation tactic or to one-up their rivals with escalating displays of large-scale savagery. But the discovery Saturday of 28 bodies in a charred thicket on the outskirts of Iguala, a town 125 miles south of Mexico City, is a different kind of horror. The corpses turned up about a week after 43 college students vanished in the town while protesting new education laws. Some of the missing were last seen in the custody of local police.

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43 Missing Students, a Mass Grave and a Suspect: Mexico’s Police

October 7, 2014

10/06/14 New York Times 

schoolThey were farm boys who did well in school and took one of the few options available beyond the backbreaking work in the corn and bean fields of southern Mexico: enrolling in a local teachers college with a history of radicalism but the promise of a stable classroom job. Leonel Castro, 19, the oldest of seven siblings, vowed to use his salary to help his impoverished family. Júlio César, 19, thought he could run a school one day and ensure the best for the next generation. Adán Abraham de la Cruz, 23, wanted to put his computer skills to good use in the classroom. “He was just preparing himself to get ahead like any young person would do,” said Mr. de la Cruz’s father, Bernabé.

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Mexico Police Helped Gang Kill 17 Students, Prosecutor Says

October 7, 2014

10/06/14  Bloomberg
policemanGang members acting in concert with local police allegedly killed 17 college students following a clash just over a week ago in Iguala, Mexico, a state prosecutor said. Forty-three students went missing following a confrontation that started Sept. 26 between students and authorities, leaving six dead in the city in Guerrero state, according to state Attorney General Inaky Blanco. He said 28 bodies were found in mass graves over the weekend in Iguala, 120 miles south of Mexico City, and are in the process of being identified. “This is probably the worst public security and social repression case in Mexico in many years,” Javier Oliva, a political scientist at Mexico’s National Autonomous University said in a telephone interview.

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Mexican authorities extend protection to journalist

August 7, 2014

08/07/14 Fox News Latino

policemanPolice in Mexico have extended protection to a journalist whose 12-year-old son was fatally shot last week in an attack on the family’s home.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders issued a statement earlier this week calling on Mexican authorities to protect Indalecio Benitez, director of La Calentana Mexiquense, a community radio station in the central state of Mexico.

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Mexico protects wounded leader of citizen militia trying to fight off cartels

January 10, 2014

m16 gun closeupThe Washington Post, 01/09/2014

Fifty federal police officers armed with black assault rifles guard the gates of an exclusive private hospital in this cosmopolitan capital.

They are patrolling the polished stone lobby, standing sentry under palm trees, surveilling the Starbucks. Private security guards and local police man the doors, driveways and elevators.

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Police Probe Dogfight Debt in Mexico Massacre

November 20, 2013

policeThe New York Times, 11/20/2013

Prosecutors have detained two suspects and are investigating dog-fighting debts as a possible motive in the stabbing massacre of eight members of a family in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Three young children were among those killed in the crime that has shocked the border community.

The chief prosecutor in the northern state of Chihuahua, Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas, said a third suspect has been identified and will likely be detained soon.

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The Changing DNA of Mexico’s Protest Movement

October 15, 2013

protest -- stroke -- resistanceNewsweek, 10/14/2013

As flames engulfed the policeman’s legs and arms, his comrades stood by watching, stunned. A steady barrage of rocks bounced off the wall of plastic shields flanking him. By nighttime on October 2nd in Mexico City, 111 policemen, protesters and journalists had been injured and 102 people arrested during the annual march to commemorate a student massacre in 1968.

Street protests have long been a staple of Mexican politics and culture, a powerful outlet for millions of people who feel alienated from the political class. But over the last year, they have become more frequent, volatile and violent, analysts say, a response to major domestic policy shifts and growing alienation among the young and unemployed. The makeup of the protesters is also shifting, with men who refer to themselves as anarchists unleashing their fury during some marches.

On a regularly basis now, Mexico City’s streets swell with protesters demanding everything from a halt to some of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ambitious education and energy overhaul programs, to the creation of more uncensored media outlets, to a greater number of student slots at public universities.

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