The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Sunday that one can no longer speak of a “state crime” when referring to the disappearance of the 43 missing students in 2014 after being arrested by police.
“You cannot talk about state crimes because now the representative of the Mexican State, supreme commander of the armed forces, the President of the Republic, who speaks to you, will not allow any injustice, any authoritarian act,” said López Obrador during an act in Tlapa, Guerrero.
In addition, the president has offered government protection to those involved who wish to participate in the investigation. “Also tell those who have information, who participated in criminal acts: if they want to help people know things, the government will protect them. What we need is to know the truth always,” he said.
THE AYOTZINAPA CASE
The 43 teaching students of the Ayotzinapa Normal School disappeared at dawn on September 27, 2014 in the neighboring municipality of Iguala on their return from a protest against local authorities.
The official version is that they were surprised by the criminal organization Los Rojos, as part of an adjustment of accounts between rival groups, and that the hitmen killed and cremated them and disposed of their remains in the Cocula dump.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Argentine forensics who participated in the investigations have dismantled this theory and have pointed out that the successor could be related to drug trafficking in the region. The authorities have not investigated this route.