¿Qué cosecha un país que siembra cuerpos?
What does a country that plant corpses grow?
More than 22,000 disappeared, 7,000 torture claims and just seven charges in the country, six women die in Mexico every day due to gender violence, there are no reasons to applaud #yasequenoaplauden, courtesy of Amnistía Internacional México. “We are missing 43” written on a wall. It was the army, It was the state.
Once upon a time, there was a little rural town with a school for people who wanted to become teachers, due to continuos abuses, the school was mainly leftist. Full of social fighters and dissidents, who became known for their peaceful and not so peaceful protests (they set a gas station on fire killing a worker). These students had a plan: they’d go to Wreck City on October second 2014 to attend the commemorative marches of the Tlatelolco Massacre anniversary.
Once they were on the buses, they started being chased by police cars, and around 9:30 the police opened fire against them, a student was injured and Daniel Solís Gallardo, another student, was killed. Most of the student’s that didn’t flee the buses were arrested. A convoy was sent by the student’s that didn’t join the road trip to help the injured and the ones in hiding, fire was opened again by an unnamed armed group and three people were killed: David Josué, a player of the Chilpancingo Wasps soccer team, Blanca Montiel, a taxi passenger just driving by and one of the buses drivers, the Wasps’ coach was injured.
September 27th, some point in the moring: the army finds the remains of Julio César Mondragón, his face was flayed. another 43 students were reported missing. By October fourth, a clandestine grave was found with twenty eight unidentified bodies, forensic tests showed they didn’t belong to any of the missing students, the identities of the corpses is still unknown.Two people where caught and questioned, they confessed to taking part in the disappearances and claimed to be receiving orders from one of the leaders of Guerreros Unidos, a criminal organization. More clandestine graves were discovered, still no bodies matched those of the missing students.
According to the two detained men, they received orders to kill the students as soon as they caught them, according to other members of Guerreros Unidos, the student’s were taken to the state’s dumpsters, once they arrived, fifteen student’s had died due to asphyxiation by the way they were restraint, the surviving students were questioned one by one, and killed, their bodies burnt, their ashes scattered and their bones thrown in San Juan’s River.
Graffiti and some artwork.
A meme from a phrase the president said after not being cheered when he gave a speech “I already know you don’t applaud”.
The victims from the first shootings include Julio César Mondragón, Daniel Solís, Julio César Ramírez, Alexander Mora, David Josue García, Víctor Manuel Lugo and Blanca Montiel, the list of the missing students is the following: Abel García Hernández, Abelardo Vázquez Peniten, Adán Abrajan de la Cruz, Antonio Santana Maestro, Benjamín Ascencio Bautista, Bernardo Flores Alcaraz, Carlos Iván Ramírez Villarreal, Carlos Lorenzo Hernández Muñoz, César Manuel González Hernández, Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre, Christian Tomas Colón Garnica, Cutberto Ortíz Ramos, Dorian González Parral, Emiliano Alen Gaspar de la Cruz, Everardo Rodríguez Bello, Felipe Arnulfo Rosas, Giovanni Galindes Guerrero, Israel Caballero Sánchez, Israel Jacinto Lugardo, Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa, Jonas Trujillo González, Jorge Álvarez Nava, Jorge Aníbal Cruz Mendoza, Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño, Jorge Luis González Parral, José Ángel Campos Cantor, José Ángel Navarrete González, José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, José Luís Luna Torres, Joshvani Guerrero de la Cruz, Julio César López Patolzin, Leonel Castro Abarca, Luis Ángel Abarca Carrillo, Luis Ángel Francisco Arzola,Magdaleno Rubén Lauro Villegas, Marcial Pablo Baranda, Marco Antonio Gómez Molina, Martín Getsemany Sánchez García, Mauricio Ortega Valerio, Miguel Ángel Hernández Martínez, Miguel Ángel Mendoza Zacarías and Saúl Bruno García.
Bansky artwork, a sign making reference also to the female homicides in Juarez, a march and a cartoon about clandestine graves. Activists report that forced disappearances have increased since the Dirty War’s repression of dissidents in Mexico, back in the seventies. Between 1969 and 1988 1,200 disappearances were documented. During Calderon’s government the number of “official” forced disappearances increased to 26,000, and during Peña Nieto’s government the disappearances reach xxx according to Amnesty International
Mexico goes through one of the worst forced disappearances crisis, according to Human Rights Watch (Spanish)
“Esta práctica ocurre casi en todo el país, ya no solo se desaparece a las organizaciones y defensores de derechos humanos, sino que se ha extendido a amplios sectores de la población” “This practice takes place practically in the entire country, not only organizations and human rights defenders are disappearing, big sectors of our society is affected as well”
Says Iris Reyes, the mother of a young man who’s been missing since 2007
“Vivxs se lxs llevaron, vivxs lxs queremos”
“You took them alive, we want them back alive” -using “x” for gender neutrality purposes- is a phrase that has been chanted in manifestations from the Bravo River to the Patagonia, along with our international supporters. From Colombia’s guerrilla and it’s 61,000 ghosts, Guatemala’s 30 year long civil war and its 45,000 disappeared to Peru’s 15,730 missing persons and over 6,000 clandestine graves, mentioning of course Chile and Argentina, countries who’s dictatorship was open, unlike’s Mexico’s smoke and mirror tactics to disguise a dictatorial rule, and produced thousand of unsolved missing-person cases, other countries with similar stories in Latin America include Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia, El Salvador, Brazil and Haití.
Dialogues from the last video:
-Chavita will be twelve soon, you’ve got to get him out…
-What he needs is to be here, with me.
-You need to understand: the army will take him away.
The following children step forward (…) you must feel proud boys, sargent, sargent you will be soldiers like us, defending our country.
Que triste vive mi gente en las casas de cartón, niños color de mi tierra, con sus mismas cicatrices, millonarios de lombrices, mira que pesa el sufrir. Arriba, deja la mujer preñada, abajo está la ciudad, y se pierde en su maraña. Hoy es lo mismo que ayer, es un día sin mañana.
How sad my people live in the cardboard houses, children colored like my land, with it’s same scars, millionaires in tapeworms, look how heavy suffering is. Up, leave the woman pregnant, down is the city and one get’s lost in it’s tangled net. Today is the same as yesterday, a day with no tomorrow.
This sort of violations against Human Rights have been fought in social networks with memes, hashtags, likes and shares, but in my opinion, that’s not enough. Recently Amnesty International released an announcement in which we were welcomed to send them postcards with a proposal to improve the country and encourage the respect of our Human Rights, so…
Is there a social cause that is close to your heart?
How do you think we can fight social crimes like this as simple individuals?