In Mexico, tragedies compete for headlines, and then they are forgotten.
In September, 43 students set out from their school in Ayotzinapa to attend a protest in nearby Iguala. The mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, had a politically driven wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda. A woman with purported ties to locally organised crime, she was giving a speech that night and there was some concern that the students could ruin her moment.
Authorities say her husband ordered police to sideline the students. In the clashes that ensued, six people were killed, and the 43 students disappeared.
They are presumed to be dead, but their bodies have not yet been found. In a sad turn of events, efforts to find their bodies unearthed 129 more corpses. Sadly, these bodies are unrelated to the case, but their discovery speaks to the level of violence in Mexico today.
During the search, authorities the bodies scattered throughout 60 graves.
It’s thought that none of them have anything to do with the mass kidnapping, and only 16 have been identified.
Sadly, because of the rampant violence of warring drug cartels, over 20,000 people are missing throughout Mexico.
These two shocking cases are testament to the sorry state of Mexico’s criminal justice system. It’s clear that corruption and complications with drug cartels are impeding authorities’ ability to protect Mexican citizens.
What’s most disturbing, however, is that not much is being done in the way of finding closure for all of these victims. And with El Chapo at large once again, it doesn’t seem that much is being done to end the cartels’ bloody dominance in Mexico.