Impunity in Mexico

Again, the news coming out of Mexico have to do with death and impunity. Exactly 46 years after the student killings in Tlatelolco, some authorities are once again treating civilians violently, instead of protecting their lives.

On September 26, 43 college students disappeared in Iguala, state of Guerrero, after the police detained them during a protest. Their whereabouts unknown, and relatives fear for their lives.

Police officers opened fire on students, killing six and wounding 17. Twenty-two municipal police officers were arrested for the killings, but the reasons for their behavior remain unknown.

Thousands of youths took part in related demonstrations.

In another tragedy nearby, in San Pedro Limón, municipality of Tlatlaya, authorities said that a crime-fighting military unit got involved in a lengthy gun battle, in which 22 alleged criminals ended up dead and one soldier was wounded.

That is the story that kept being repeated, until a report by the AP —which found signs of a massacre and cover-up—and the testimony of an eyewitness contradicted those claims.

The picture that is emerging is of a massacre of unarmed people, killed after they surrendered.

Just now, more than two months later, the state government began its investigation, which resulted in three soldiers—out of eight who were detained—being charged for the murders.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto promised to investigate the Tlatlaya incident. “The attorney general is digging into the investigation and will be the agency responding to this issue,” he said, from U.N. headquarters in New York.

Peña Nieto also called on officials in Guerrero to take responsibility for what happened in Iguala, saying: “the federal government cannot substitute the responsibilities of state governments.”

Above all, it is imperative and urgent that the disappeared youths return alive, since they were taken alive.

These are very serious situations that call into question the existence of law and order in parts of Mexico.

We acknowledge the words of the neighboring country’s president and hope that indeed, he does everything in his power so that these bloody events get investigated and clarified properly, those responsible are put on trial and punished, and all necessary measures are put in place to prevent a repeat of the massacres