Mexican Promises

More than a hundred have been detained, 20 are now fugitives, and still there’s no sentencing. These are the sad results a year after Ayotzinapa. A year after 43 students disappeared, there are more questions than answers… But the worst is over: the days of remembrance of last week-end, of claiming mothers and of mass protests marching from the National Auditorium across to the Zocalo.

The fury in the social networks is calming down, the current hashtags will soon stop being trendy. President Enrique Peña Nieto received the parents, made new promises. The suffering of hundreds of thousands of Mexicans can go back to anonymity. The international press leaves the country, puts away their microphones and Mexico returns to its bloody routine.

On September 26th and 27th 2014 nothing unusual happened in Mexico. And this is because since Peña Nieto’s government began in May 2014, about 9,000 people have gone missing. An average of 15 go missing per day. If we add the people who went missing during the governments of Felipe Calderon and Peña Nieto we’d get a total of 22,000 people, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Nieto announced that there’ll be a new state force to investigate missing person cases. But, what’s the use? How credible can an executive, whose order-keeping forces are out of control, be? More than 50 of the detainees were municipal policemen in Iguala, many weren’t serving the Mexican state, instead they were serving the criminal gang Guerreros Unidos. This group has control of the area, their word is law. A year after Ayotzinapa its time to do an overall checkup on the Mexican government administration: how much conviction did the Mexican government had when responding to the Ayotzinapa slaughter? Hiding evidence, according to the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI for its acronym in Spanish).

This group, created by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), presented their final report on September 6th and reiterated the claim that the investigating officers had manipulated the evidence. To date, the investigators haven’t agreed to that claim, which would allow to question the military personnel allegedly involved in that so typically Mexican fateful night.

As answer to the report, Peña Nieto promised not to stop until all those responsible for the disappearance of the normalistas had been arrested. The new Attorney General, Arely Gomez, also promised to review GIEI’s recommendations, There’s a huge promise inflation in Mexico, and a large shortage of action.

A year after Ayotzinapa we have new casualties: the parents of the 43. They’ve been instrumentalized for political interests and ignored by the government.