The Mexican Revolution (Part II)

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Today, I make good on my promise to keep following the events surrounding the disappearance of the 43 Mexican Normalistas (teaching students) who were taken nearly three months ago in Iguala, Mexico. If you haven’t been reading too much into what’s already being labelled as a global movement, you can read about it in my last post here.

Last time around, I talked about the unavoidable similarities between the Massacre of Tlatelolco (1968) and the kidnapping and disappearance of the 43. But today we are going to take a look at other elements and go far beyond the borders of Mexico to see what the global response has been to this national crisis. And to prepare you for this, I warn you that although I will try to remain as objective as I possibly can when it comes to facts, I will also be expressing my personal opinion on some other matters. And yes, there will be a lot of quotations flowing around, because I just love quotations. Enjoy!

 

Within a Breath of Revolution

 

Nearly a month after my post about the “progress” on the investigation of the 43 normalistas who “suspiciously””vanished” in Mexico at hands of “unknown” armed men, the authorities of Mexico are no closer to finding the 43 normalistas- or their bodies for that matter- and appeasing an increasingly frustrated population who want them back alive. As a consequence, what was expected to be a routine “investigation”, has turned into what we can only be described as a cluster-fuck of epic proportions. Beginning with the rumors that the government was directly involved in the kidnapping of these 43 student-teachers of radical-leftist leanings, to the famous “Ya me canse” (I’ve had enough) of the Attorney General heading the investigation, to the recent scandals involving the president’s wife, the Mexican people are banding together closer than ever to oust the current administration. What we are witnesses to is  is one of the largest social movements of my lifetime. If before we were astounded at the high level of animosity and resentment towards the government, today, not just Mexico, but the entire world is astounded at the level of organization, largely- if not entirely- with the help of social media, not seen since the Spring Revolution (or Arab Spring) that started in Tunisia in 2010.

Artists, intellectuals, heads of state, common citizens, and politicians from all over the world that at first were just third-party observers are now involved in the fight, taking a more direct role in condemning the injustices of the government and calling for a complete overhaul of the judicial system and of the people writing the laws. Basically what the majority of Mexicans want is to strip the government of the current cabinet and replace it with a new one. Whether you think that’s a realistic goal remains to be seen, but what is evident is that the rallying mobs are now beginning to influence policy. And yet, the government doesn’t seem to get the hint that it’s fighting a growing monster. However, like any cornered creature would, it’s expected that the government will fight back. And facing the growing pressure from an international community, we’ll see just how civil this beast behaves. Then again, we are talking about the PRI who ruled Mexico in a successful one-party system for 71 years straight. And if you know anything about those guys, is that they don’t disappoint when it comes to fucking things up.

photo credit: sofíagonzález via photopin cc

Girl holds up sign at a protest which reads “We are missing 43”. Photo credit: sofíagonzález via photopin cc

Although the current cabinet is in a sort of damage control at the moment, the people aren’t having it, and what at first was calls for justice has slowly grown into the shouts of warning that if they don’t change the music, the party is going to end, and it’s going to end bad. These warning signs that a revolution is brewing are pretty evident when you see public officials nervously trying to pick up the pieces of a few (or lots) of miscreants who fucked up one too many times. And when the president goes on national television to announce change in reform, that’s when you know that the people are doing something right. And also that the situation is getting bad- or interesting, depending on how you look at it.

It seems that that semblance of inaction by government officials is just that, a semblance, for they have been plenty busy since the last update a few weeks ago.

But before we get down to the nitty-gritty of the details let me explain why I think this is a very exciting (perhaps not the right word) time to live in.

If you live in a country as fucked up as most Latin American nations- in this case Mexico- then at least once every few generations the people have the chance to change their government for better or for worse. The true sentiment of revolution resides in the ability for people to assimilate their realities with their hopes for how that reality should be. What we have in Mexico is not unprecedented in any way, but the calling of millions of Mexicans, and millions more around the world supporting them to change that government is unprecedented, or at the very least surprising. And THAT is what’s exciting.

In a talk I was having with my dad the other day (he lives in Mexico City), he brought up a very good point that I think is applying more and more at a global level, and that is that people, especially students and younger people, are becoming more and more politicized and more involved in the inner-workings of their governments. Long gone are the days when elected officials relied on a blanket of ignorance to continue ruling nations as if they were serfdoms. Nope, the 60s are coming back with a kick, combining classic insurgent techniques for protests and strikes with the efficacy and modernity of social media to drive and organize all these little movements to make it a global one. But a great thing to recognize here, is that although these demonstrations are peaceful for the most part, they are by no means lacking in power. Let no man tell you that the power and rage of the people is not scratching at the surface of restraint that is within a needle’s poke of a nuclear explosion.

 

Progress?

 

And now, let’s catch up with what’s been happening lately. And more importantly, what’s going to happen.

Ever since the chant for “Vivos se los llevaron, y vivos los queremos” (Alive you took them and alive we want them back), there’s been a few scandalous events shaking up the establishment starting with the “white house”. This is obviously not in reference to the American White House (although there is a bit of involvement there too- another story), but rather the mansion that Angelica Rivera- the president’s wife- “bought” with her salary as a soap-opera actress. Many people call foul claiming that it’s very improbable that she could have bought a $7 million house with the kind of salary she “earned” as a soap opera actress in Mexico, and that the house, along with many other gifts, were actually concessions as a result of a very lucrative contract the president arranged with a transnational company to build a high speed train in Mexico, something highly illegal under fair-competition-rules. That’s one.

Another one is the events that happened during the massive demonstration in the Zocalo area of Mexico City. While thousands of protesters gathered peacefully on the square, a few black sheep among them that are believed to be government agitators a la Tlatelolco ’68, started bursts of violence that led to 20 people getting arrested and 11 of them being taken to maximum security prisons where they were interrogated and beaten. I will admit that I was not there, therefore I do not know what exactly happened at the Zocalo square. It could’ve been that a few people were being unruly and violent, but by logical conclusions, if only 20 out of thousands were arrested, then you know there’s a piece of the story that doesn’t quite fit the puzzle.

Following the insurmountable pressure on the government, all 11 of the protesters were released alive, but not exactly well. Besides their own testimonies of the beatings they received in prison for crimes that the government has not been able to stick on them, it’s sort of hard to convince an entire population whom you’ve already managed to piss off that they tripped and fell on their way home. Yup, the credibility of the government is so tarnished now that not even El Presidente himself could fix things with his 10 commandments against injustice and corruption or by the implementation of the new anti-corruption telephone number (911- oh irony) that many are mocking as a direct line to denounce corruption to corrupt police. And then there’s the little hide-and-seek game that plainclothes agents of the police played with UNAM student Sandino Bucio. Snatched in plain daylight, Sandino was basically kidnapped, tortured, and threatened by the police who claimed that he was one of the agitators in the November 20th protests. According to the statement Mr. Bucio gave to TV cameras, the police told him that they would disappear him like the 43 of Ayotzinapa, that they would rape him and that they forced him to give up his passwords to his profiles on various social networking sites. He also said in front of cameras that they would pick up more people. But after charges that he was carrying explosives in his backpack didn’t stick, he was released and now his testimony is all we have to prove that individuals who self-identified as members of the police are in the business of hunting down students. Now if it looks like I am adding one trickle of fuel to the fire, then good, I wish to dump the whole fucking can of fuel and burn the whole thing down.

Sandino Bucio Credit: amqueretaro.com

UNAM student Sandino Bucio
Credit: amqueretaro.com

After these succeeding scandals, you would think that the government would be a tiny bit more cautious in the way they conduct business and would let the waters quiet down before resuming their usual games… you would think. However, the reality tells a different tale.

It’s difficult to know just high up this all goes, although it wouldn’t be completely off the mark to say that it goes all the way to the top. And I don’t mean just the top of the Mexican political circles, I mean the top top, meaning ex-presidents, like the Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Mexican ex-president accused of stealing not only the elections back in 1991 but also billions as he fled the country. Some even go as far as to say that the American government might once again be involved in foreign affairs of civil unrest. It would make sense if they were, you know with Mexico being just across the border and all. I don’t suppose Obama would want a destabilized country as his neighbor even if America claims to be pro-human rights, anti-corruption, anti-dictatorships, blah blah blah. All this bullshit doesn’t matter in the end if American interests are threatened, and how could they not be when Mexico exports a huge amount of oil back to the U.S. and abroad and the newly-privatized oil companies are now in the reins of foreign investors with a pretty big interest in what is happening there now.

Woman holding up sign that reads "The real terrorists are those who kill, not those who protest".  photo credit: Gatifoto via photopin cc

Woman holding up sign that reads “The real terrorists are those who kill, not those who protest”.
photo credit: Gatifoto via photopin cc

It also doesn’t help when the head of the government is seen on very friendly terms with the owner of the biggest television company in Latin America, and the president’s wife’s former employer- Televisa. This is the very same corporation that out of the kindness of their hearts, “gifted” the president’s wife one of the adjacent houses to the “white house” as a retirement present. What would a communications and television corporation want with the government? If you are naive enough, nothing. If you know what the fuck’s up, then a lot. But it’s not entirely news that in Mexico, the news are just a tool for the government to use at their pleasure rather than being a source of information. I suppose you could say that about all governments, but Mexico is slowly going the ways of China in regards to freedom of the press– or lack thereof. So much so that many Mexicans now prefer to get their news through social media channels rather than the evening news. Part of that mistrust lies also in the cozy relationship the media has, or has had in the past, with the government. In turn, many are now turning to social media for its flowing ability to disseminate information quicker and more effectively, not to mention that is a little bit harder to censure than the news the government paid for, and it has the added benefit that these unadulterated news come from an objective third-party perspective, usually from other countries looking from the outside-in. But if we are to guess what’s going to happen next, I would put my money on Mexico starting to censure social media to quell the protests. Already there’s a bill being introduced in the Chamber of Deputies and in the Senate to make it illegal for protesters to go out into the street.

It is usually said that in Mexico the most dangerous profession to be is a journalist. It’s true. More of them have died covering Felipe Calderon’s War on Drugs than they have at any other time in history. Similarly, it is also said that it is just as dangerous to be a student, than to be a narco. Objectively I couldn’t say that that is true, but it does make a strong statement. It seems that at the moment being a radical left-leaning student in Mexico is more of a gamble than being a drug trafficker. Again, this is only my opinion and I could not sanction that from an objective point of view, but it is starting to seem that way. What is true is that the number one threat to any nascent dictatorship is an informed public, and the people of Mexico are starting to get informed.

 

Worldwide Support

 

It seems that for the time being, the president and his cabinet are toeing the line very carefully making sure that no other fuck-ups, ahem, excuse me, mistakes aren’t made to anger the people even more, you know since they rile up together and stuff. But as we read everyday in the news (those of us that still can), it seems that the beast is fighting back. And with every baton that comes down on another student, and with each video uploaded to YouTube, a deeper grave is dug for the machine of repression in a situation that is increasingly FUBAR. You’re going to have to look that one up on your own.

The only upside to all of this is that while cops and soldiers are out there busting heads, the real revolutionaries (if they can be called that at this stage), are documenting every single instance of violence to add to the already overwhelming PR campaign battle that is being waged not just inside the country but outside its borders. This push to publicly condemn and embarrass the president, his cabinet, and in effect the entire government structure has worked wonders so far.

Among one of the most high-profile call-outs has been that of the universally-loved Uruguayan President José Mujica who has called Mexico a failed state after the disappearance of the 43. My dad and I, as no doubt most Mexicans would, agree that the man is right! President Mujica is not saying that Mexicans are failures, he was merely pointing out an uncomfortable truth to fathom (for civil functionaries at least) that Mexico is indeed becoming a failed state. Of course soon after, he was pressured into recanting his statement, but in the hearts and minds of all Mexicans it stands as nothing but truth what this beloved head of state has said.

In the age of the Internet, thousands of groups in cities around the world support those in Ayotzinapa, and indeed all the Mexicans who scream for change. For me, it’s the pleasure of seeing the people finally wake up, or rather I should say come together to unite under one banner to fight against a regime wearing the mask of a constitutional democracy. And it seems like it’s going to be a long fight, but as they threw the first punch, the people of Mexico cannot back down any longer and now what they are shouting is no longer a call for justice, but a call for honest change.

 

What’s Next?

 

No one can accurately predict what’s going to happen next, as another major protest is already taking place today. But when major news sources, especially outside the country of unrest, start speculating about the what ifs, that is a good time to start paying attention. Usually there is something on TV to distract the people while the government continues doing its shenanigans, but as we have all seen, after three months of protests, a massive awareness campaign, and amounting failures on the side of the Mexican government, the sentiment for change in Mexico has spread worldwide, and there is hardly any other issue that takes precedence in the country.

It is no secret that people love revolutions, and this is a noble revolution. People love to rage against the machine, they love to speak out when their rights and the rights of others are in danger of being suppressed and stripped away. And although a lot of times their voices are scattered, the few times when their voices come together, that single, unified voice echoes not only across the world, but throughout the ages of time. Perhaps this is the time for Mexicans to unite their voices and let people know that this is our revolution, and that the fight for our future begins now.

And now I leave you with this video from Mexican rock-hip/hop group Molotov and their song “Gimme Tha Power” from back in 1997, words that to this day still speak of the sad reality of a country on the brink of civil war. Enjoy!

(Visit here if you wish to see the video with English subtitles)

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Interesting Articles to Read

Reporters Sans Frontieres, 2014 (http://en.rsf.org/71-journalists-were-killed-in-2013-18-12-2013,45634.html)

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From Tlatelolco to the 43

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A few days ago, hundreds of Mexicans marched from Iguala City in the state of Guerrero to Mexico City to voice their discontent about the incompetence in which the authorities have handled the investigation regarding the disappearance of 43 students and teachers who were intercepted by corrupt police and armed gangs on their way to a protest in the city of Iguala. Although the bodies of those missing haven’t been found, many fear the worst as several mass graves have appeared without clear evidence that the remains inside those graves are of the 43 students. The discovery of these mass graves unrelated to the 43, only sheds light on the type of violence that is lived in the most violent parts of Mexico where a large number of murders go unsolved every year. In 2012 alone, up to 98% of murders in the country went unsolved while many more crimes also went unsolved and even unreported. Coupled with the lack of resources, the incompetence of the local police forces, which in many cases work with drug cartels and armed gangs, and the indifference of the ruling elite, create a devastating problem for the population of rural Mexico and indeed also those who live in the larger cities. But the declaration that Mexicans have pledged by to stand united against the incompetence of the authorities and the accusations of the police of mishandling of these investigations goes beyond that, placing blame directly on the federal police, the military, and even the president himself, saying that these groups who cowardly murdered this group of students and teachers were given the order to do so expressly from the government. In the case of Mexico, not such a sensationalist claim to make.

What may sound like conspiracy theory in other parts of the world, considering Mexico’s turbulent political history of corruption, this may actually not be too far off the mark.

These shameful events that are shrouded in secrecy, painfully remind the Mexican people of an historic event that left a deep scar in the hearts of Mexicans and one that no Mexican will forget, as it is taught generation after generation, and one which serves to remind the people that sometimes the price of freedom is paid with innocents’ blood. Exactly forty-six years, one month and eleven days ago, this event tarnished the name of Mexico before the eyes of the world during one of the most iconic and turbulent years in the world’s history-1968. And although both events have obvious differences, and appear unrelated, they are however connected only by the set of circumstances that surround them.

 

The Massacre of the Plaza de las Tres Culturas

 

The dark night of October 2, 1968 marked a low point for Mexico, as that was the fateful day that the Mexican army by decree of the governor of Mexico City and some allege by order of president Gustavo Diaz Ordaz himself, massacred at gunpoint hundreds of protesters gathering at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. Students, teachers, intellectuals, farmers, and indigenous peoples were hunted down, murdered, and disappeared as part of Mexico’s dirty war on communists and political opponents challenging the rule of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, or P.R.I. (Institutional Revolutionary Party) which had been ruling Mexico uninterrupted for nearly 40 years, and which not ironically came back to power in 2012 after a 12 year hiatus.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the classroom and review a little background information on the massacre which would have a deep impact and leave deep scars in Mexican national identity.

After WWII the tension between communist Russia, or the Soviet Union, and a capitalistic-democratic United States finally imploded when Germany was divided between Russia and the European-American side. For years the capitalists and the communists had been at each other’s throats and many feared that after the defeat of Germany, a much stronger Russia and the new threat of nuclear war would set the stage for a new world war of much greater proportions- which in effect it did happen.

What ensued was the beginning of the Cold War. A war of ideologies, of display of power, and basically a proverbial dick-measuring contest in which the two super-powers pretty much divided the world in half while amounting huge stockpiles of super-weapons in the chance that the other side attacked. The only problem was that just like the Russians wouldn’t and couldn’t allow capitalism to spread so close to the motherland, America could not allow communism to spread so close to its borders either, which is why Cuba was a huge threat at the time and the reason why in the symbolic atomic clock that was devised to calculate the threat level to nuclear war, the Cuban crisis brought us to within one minute to midnight, which of course meant that the world was within a breath of nuclear obliteration.

However, a serious problem was happening on this side of the Americas, as communism proved very popular with many Latin-American nations in response to the oligarchies that formed into dictatorships in Spanish-speaking America sometimes with help of the United States . While Cuba was a great threat, since it was a strategic diamond for the Soviet Union for being so close to the U.S., Mexico was just across the border and at the time it was still extremely porous. One could argue that the leaderships of many countries were loyal to American interest, but communism was very popular among university students and intellectuals in many countries including Mexico. At the time, the recent victories of Fidel Castro and Commander Che Guevara injected new life into the countless communist movements throughout the world, which of course was seen as an even bigger threat to the stability of power in the region.

The general consensus was that the Night of Tlatelolco was a product of protests that began four years before due to the doctors’ strike who demanded fair pay from the government, which they did not receive. And after 206 doctors were abruptly fired from their jobs, several groups formed to demand that the government restart talks which were interrupted often by an uninterested political circle. Steadily more and more people became involved, including teachers and students from various universities through the nation, some very politically active and many of them leftist. This created a domino effect that caused several other institutions to demand equality on several issues.

But what started as a protest for doctor’s compensation, slowly turned into a huge political movement in which several independent organizations, including communists became involved. This, of course, caught the attention of the U.S. government and the C.I.A. who feared that Mexico could eventually go in a state of civil war, and a coup would result in the deposition of a president sympathetic to American interests, including oil. Although books have been written on the C.I.A.’s involvement in Latin American affairs (not unheard of)- in this case Mexico- including Jefferson Morley’s Our Man in Mexico which claims that among those in the C.I.A. payroll were Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz who was supposedly Station Chief of the Mexico City branch, codename LITEMPO-2, we will only go so far as to say that the C.I.A. was involved in some way in the event. At the very least, it is well publicized by the release documents in 2003 in response to requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act, that the United States government was highly involved in the events leading up to the 1968 massacre. According to the document, the C.I.A. provided radios, riot-gear equipment, and training, and produced daily updates of the situation all the way until October 2nd.

The exact information of whether the United States was working to suppress peaceful demonstrations, even if they were political, is inconclusive. What is known is what can be proven, which is that the American government had at least some form of involvement in controlling the situation one way or another.

On the evening of October 2nd, thousands of protesters gathered at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (Three Cultures Square) under the policing of the military. Without the army’s knowledge, a group of individuals within the military known as the Batallón Olimpia (Olympia Battalion) dispersed and conspicuously occupied several buildings around the area in strategic posts, where sharpshooters were set up. Soon thereafter at approximately 6 pm, the sharpshooters fired to military on the ground making them believe that the students had started the shooting. Just as expected, chaos ensued. Hundreds of people were arrested, and the exact number of those killed was never clearly known. Numbers range from 20 to 1500. While government investigations claim that only a small number of people were killed, several independent investigations mainly by journalists- foreign and domestic- raise the number to at least a couple of hundred. Many theories revolve around the disappearance of these bodies, one of which is that they were quickly hauled off in trash trucks away from the city and dumped in mass graves. An independent investigation by Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska claimed in her book La Noche de Tlatelolco that at least 65 bodies were buried in one single grave.

What happened next was a wave of indignation at the national and international level with several important non-governmental organizations and millions of students all over the world speaking out against the Mexican government and in support of the students and those involved in the protests. More hurtful was the fact that the 1968 Summer Olympic games started without delay merely days after the massacre. Protests were held in the Mexican embassies throughout many countries in Europe and Latin America reaching as far as Russia for the massacre and for the consequent suppression of information of the Mexican government towards journalists. [1]

 

The Massacre of the 43

 

There are obvious differences between the massacre in Tlatelolco and those of the 43 students who were kidnapped and- if investigations prove the public’s fear correct- massacred in the small town of Iguala in the state of Guerrero. However, once again, it is the circumstances and the government stance on the matter which complicate the issue and as a result, circumstances where people cannot help but revisit the terrible events of Tlatelolco.

On September 26, 2014, students and teachers from a leftist college in Iguala, Guerrero, were detained by authorities on their way to a protest regarding unfair government practices in hiring and funding in that state. According to the investigation, the students were handed off to an armed group with ties to drug traffickers known as the Guerreros Unidos.

At the moment there is still a lot of speculation and unknown details surrounding the disappearance of the 43 students, but investigations on the alleged massacre point to a partnership between Iguala’s Mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez, his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa and a local drug gang who was on the Mayor’s payroll and thus the government’s. The investigations also concluded that the students were on their way to intercept and disrupt a conference that the Mayor’s wife was giving to promote her husband’s public works as Mayor. After that, the students and teachers were also planning to go to Mexico City to march alongside thousands others to commemorate the anniversary of the slayed students in Tlatelolco.

photo credit: Resa Sunshine via photopin cc

photo credit: Resa Sunshine via photopin cc

Days after the kidnapping, and what many believe to be a massacre, the Mayor and the first lady fled and were subsequently arrested outside Mexico City. Throughout the investigation another 74 other people were arrested including police officers and people of interest who are believed to be the shooters. As of now, out of the 74 people arrested, those part of the Guerreros Unidos gang have confessed to the killings, although they have not been able to provide authorities with a precise location of where they disposed of the bodies.

It is difficult to assess the level of corruption and just how high up government involvement goes. But it is not hard to guess that with any level of government involvement, there will always be efforts to underplay the sequence of events or to restrict the access of information to investigations in which government officials are involved in.

Until now, the bodies of those missing have not been found and it is believed that the several mass graves that have been found do not contain the bodies of those killed, thus leading the population to demand that they be released from wherever they are held. [2]

On a personal note, it is convenient to believe that the members of Guerreros Unidos would simply confess to the crime than to consider the possibility that they, or their families, were paid off to take the blame. Then again this is just speculation.

Until the mystery of what happened to these 43 people is resolved, there is sure to be a severe backlash against the government of president Enrique Peña Nieto whose presidency is now on shaky grounds, and not looking any better for the future- as we have already seen in the past few weeks when

 

Why It Matters

 

Ever heard the old adage “history repeats itself”? Well, it’s not so much that history repeats itself, is that we let it. And I wonder now, when we will let it happen again.

Right at this moment, all the details about the vanishing of the 43 is not well known, even by the authorities- but they wish it was. And many fear that there is strong government involvement in all this and not in the way we wished there was.

With a suspected fraudulent presidential election and talk of extreme political corruption and government suppression of civil rights which include freedom of expression, already the government of P.R.I president Enrique Peña Nieto is on shaky grounds and not looking any better for the future. Even though his first year and a half everything went smooth, this has definitely become his first real trial, and already it seems like it’s beginning to slip out of his control as organized groups are staging marches and protests all throughout Mexico, with many people outside of the country showing their support.

Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto and the First Lady Angelica Rivera photo credit: Galería Ricardo Patiño via <a

Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto and the First Lady Angelica Rivera
photo credit: Galería Ricardo Patiño via <a

Earlier this month, the president was heavily criticized for leaving the country in the midst of the investigations, to China to promote investment in the country. Meanwhile his own wife, former actress Angelica Rivera was also criticized by the press for purchasing a 7 million dollar mansion in a deal with a company who had ties with her husband while he was governor of Mexico City in an obscure and strange deal. How she came to acquire that house on an actress salary nobody knows but in the middle of controversy, it all seems in poor taste and a bit suspicious. Still, we only stick with what we know.

Also earlier this month, people became even more outraged at the contemptuous comments that Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo- the top dog in the investigation- said in a press conference he gave concerning this particular investigation. Tired of the questions being asked over several weeks about the progress of the investigation, Mr. Murillo finally decided he had had enough and made it publicly known by declaring exactly that, “Ya me canse” or “I’ve had enough.” Mr. Murillo has done only one thing right so far, which is that he has managed to rile even more people together to ridicule him and the handling of this investigation, under the banner/hashtag #yamecanse.

In addition to the many protests already active all throughout the country, several more are scheduled to begin on November 20th (commemorative day of the start of the Mexican Revolution) in a massive mobilization effort to condemn the government of Peña Nieto by wearing black and in effect stopping all activity in the country. The aim of these protests are to force the authorities to act with better efficacy and speed and to demand the resignation of the president.

It’s unclear just how effective this message will be, as we never know just how effective these things ever are. However, by shedding light on the events and informing the people who want answers and those who know little about the issue, we can at least hope to bring more transparency and a little bit more justice, because as Mr. Murillo himself couldn’t have said it better, we too have had enough.

Credit: (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Credit: (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information is gathered.

If you want to learn about massacres in Mexico please visit- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Mexico

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Last November I participated in a small November 5th (Guy Fawkes Night) “march” which is organized all over the world. This one was in Fort Worth and although the turnout was small, we found it fun and educational in a sense. Some people came up to us and asked questions about what we intended to do and our goal. If you are interested in participating on the next November 5th march visit the Facebook page on Guy Fawkes Night in your city and bring your banner to voice your discontent on anything you find important!

 

Credit: Courtney Renee Clark (Facebook) November 5th March in downtown Fort Worth (Nov 5th)

Credit: Courtney Renee Clark (Facebook) November 5th March in downtown Fort Worth (Nov 5th)

 

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All Wikipedia articles used in this blog are “good articles” or “featured articles” and/or cross-referenced with other reputable websites on the matter for reliance.

Bibliography

[1] Movimiento de 1968 en Mexico. (2014, November 12) http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movimiento_de_1968_en_M%C3%A9xico  -Article also available in Spanish.

[2] 2014 Iguala Mass Kidnapping. (2014, November 12) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Iguala_mass_kidnapping . This Wikipedia article is not labeled a “good article” or “featured article” but was used because of its mass compiling of facts and the extensive bibliography which can be fact-checked.