Wednesday, November 5, 2014
On November 5 2014, people from all over the world are coming together to support the cause of the 43 missing students of the Rural Isidro Burgos School in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. Rejecting conformity and resignation when it comes to the criminally repressive government of Mexico and the silence of media, the Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton (MVSE), representing Latin Americans in diaspora, calls for solidarity with the people of Mexico. Today is the global day of action in Mexico to demand the return of the 43 students kidnapped in the state of Guerrero. Today we raise our voices of hope and in peaceful resistance state that “We are all Ayotzinapa”.
We call on the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird to demand that Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, ensure that human rights abuses in Mexico, in relation to the case of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa, be investigated to the full extent of the law and that those culpable of human rights abuses be prosecuted.
This past September 26, 2014, after four students were assassinated by the police -one with his eyes gouged and face flensed with a box cutter- in Iguala Guerrero Mexico, 43 more were bundled into police cars and were made to disappear. The immediate reaction of indignation spread through the state of Guerrero and rapidly spread throughout all of Mexico and now around the world. The connection between state officials and drug traffickers that eliminate all opposition, which simply choose to stand up for basic human rights.
In relation to these occurrences, MVSE wishes to highlight the abuse and disinformation by top media companies in Mexico in downplaying the kidnapping of the 43 students, both within Mexico and to the international community.
MVSE declares a strong call of solidarity with the families of the 43 missing students, and along with them, call on the Mexican government to implement an exhaustive investigation into the kidnapping of the 43 students and the connection between Mexican government state officials and the drug cartels and to put an end to the impunity and extreme violence that is killing average everyday Mexican citizens.