Mexico announced the reopening of military files in the Ayotzinapa case. Seven years after the disappearances, the authorities have not been able to clarify the case.

June 26, 2022

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that military files would be opened, including the participation of the 27th Infantry Battalion of Iguala in the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. López Obrador assured that “the requests of the relatives of the disappearances are being considered”, according to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada.

The Mexican president assured “all cases” of military files would be opened. Military members were present during the night students disappeared. Likewise, the president explained that he understands the discontent of the families: “It’s normal, people are very hurt,” he said.

Seven years after the disappearances, authorities have not been able to find the students, and it has not been clarified what happened to them on the night of September 26, 2014. The Mexican president promised in April “not to hide anything” in the government’s report on the murder of the Ayotzinapa students, after insisting on the “commitment” to the victims’ families and Mexican society.

In addition, he explained the “obstacles” that his Government has faced “to get to the bottom” of this matter.

Members from the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, rejected “the historical truth” official theory, saying it was not scientifically possible. Relatives of the students also reject this version and demand to follow other lines of the investigation established by the GIEI.

SOURCE: Europa Press

In Mexico City with the chief of government Sheinbaum, the disappearance of women rises 900%, from 93 to 930 of cases

EL FINANCIERO By Eduardo Ortega June 20, 2022

So, far in the administration of Claudia Sheinbaum as head of Mexico’s City government, the number of missing women in Mexico City has increased 900 percent, compared to the same period of the previous administration, headed by Miguel Ángel Mancera.

According to the National Registry of Data on Missing or Disappeared Persons, the number of missing and unlocated women in the capital went from 93, registered between December 5,2012, and June 16, 2016, to 930, registered between December 5, 2018, and June 1. 2022.

The report “Human trafficking and Disappearance of Women in Mexico City”, carried out by the City’s Search Commission in 2021, states that one of the possible causes linked to these cases is human trafficking. The increase in the number of disappearances of women in Mexico City skyrockets just with the arrival to office of Sheinbaum Pardo, since it increased from 22 cases registered in 2018, to 228 in 2019, 277 in 2020 and 243 in 2021.

Disappearance of women. Increased disappearance of women in Mexico City (Gabriela Pérez/Cuartoscuro)

Relatives of disappeared persons place a fence with the photos of their loved ones in the roundabout formerly known as “La Palma.”

Animal Político June 12, 2022

Relatives of disappeared people placed a fence with the photographs of their loved ones in what was formerly known as “La Palma” (the palm) roundabout. The idea of making a more robust intervention in the area is to prevent the Mexico City government from removing the photographs, as occurred in recent weeks.

“We continue the repair work in the “Roundabout of Los Desaparecidos”; with a more durable fence. We want to make the space our own”. Days before, the collectives had already placed images and a fence when the ahuehuete tree was planted to replace the emblematic palm. However, these were withdrawn by the authorities.

After placing the photographs, they walked to the “Roundabout of las Mujeres que luchan” (women who fight), where activists argued about the arrival of construction material to destroy the anti-monument. Previously the place was known as the Christopher Columbus roundabout.

Photograph by Herminia Miranda

Mexico City receives its new ahuehuete tree in Reforma Avenue, along with the families of the disappeared.

The Mexican capital replaces an emblematic palm tree; people claim the space to remember the 100,000 who disappeared.

 By SONIA CORONA. EL PAÍS. June 5,2022.

The roundabout of “La Palma” in Paseo de la Reforma Avenue from this Sunday is two things at the same time: the deposit of an ahuehuete tree that adorns the emblematic avenue and the headquarters that remembers the more than 100,000 disappeared in Mexico. The Government of Mexico City has planted during the early hours of Sunday the tree that replaces a palm tree that, for more than 100 years, decorated the financial and tourist district of the capital of Mexico. In the morning, activists and mothers of the disappeared added, on their own, portraits of their faces around the tree to remind authorities of the pending task of finding them. There has been no dispute over the site, rather just a strange coexistence.

Relatives of disappeared people walk among photographs, today, in the roundabout of Paseo de la Reforma, where an ahuehuete tree was planted to replace the palm that was removed in April. HECTOR GUERRERO