Dark days in Mexico

The situation of impunity for human rights violations in Mexico continues to be concerning, and the last few weeks have been particularly alarming.

Not only has there been an outcry over a recent massacre of 22 people by the Mexican army, in events that were seemingly covered up by the federal government as a shoot-out between criminals and soldiers and later revealed to be an extrajudicial execution with excessive use of forcé.

In addition, the events of the last week in the state of Guerrero have shocked everyone and appear to be one of the gravest and most chilling attacks on citizens in recent decades. 43 students of a rural teacher training school disappeared on the 27th September after being taken away in a police van, on the same afternoon that police opened fire on the bus that the students were travelling in to take part in a protest. There are suggestions that criminal groups may have been involved with policemen.

This weekend the news emerged that a mass grave with burnt bodies had been found close to the site of the disappearance of the students.  It remains to be seen if these are the bodies of the students, as DNA tests need to be carried out in coming days.

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