It is estimated that some 45,000 people were disappeared during the armed conflict in Guatemala. Family members of the disappeared are still waiting to find out what the State did to them – to find out the truth. The pain of not knowing must be dreadful.
In Mexico, last September, 43 students of the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa in Guerrero state, were disappeared by the State.
In the last month, a committee from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School has toured Europe (#EuroCaravana43) to inform the European community about the continuation of the struggle of the fathers and mothers for the live return of the 43 missing students.
At the end of the tour, the EuroCaravana 43 arrived in London for the final stop of their month-long journey through Europe.
U.K.-based Mexican solidarity groups greeted the caravan and turned heads in the busy central London station as the trio arrived with the resounding call “Ayotzinapa vive, la lucha sigue!” (Ayotzinapa lives, the fight continues). Dozens of solidarity groups and social justice collectives then came together to listen to the Caravan, but also to find ways of better working together. Many in the audience shared their own experiences of injustice and helped to establish common ground with which to build a more unified movement. The day culminated in a demonstration in the main square of a central London university.
You can read more about the event and see some photos by Jen Wilton, here, on the Telesur website.
The Monster in the Mountains is a moving video from New Yorker Magazine and you can see it here.
For more information about the disappearances last September, and subsequent investigations, as well as social upheavals, there are two fine pieces which are well worth reading. Fransisco Goldman writes in the New Yorker, here, and Ryan Devereaux writes in The Intercept, here.
Categories: Solidarity in Action