Three public protests are set to take place today in the historic centre of Mexico City. Though unrelated in theme, further demonstrations are anticipated to take place outside a number of embassy offices and the marches are expected to lead to transport complications.
Of the three marches set to take place today, the most pressing issue links to the Ayotzinapa mass kidnapping of 43 missing students. Though many details of the event remain unknown to this day, it was in September 2014 that students from the Rural School of Ayotzinapa were protesting against a DIF conference – as well as commemorating a 1986 student massacre. Events quickly unravelled and the students were attacked, with 43 kidnapped. Their whereabouts remain unknown although many presume they have been murdered.
According to a report from Excelsior, the march will consist of the parents of the missing students and follows a long line of relentless campaigning by the families to find justice. 46 months after the disappearance of the students, families are demanding that the federal government complies to orders from the nineteenth court for the creation of a special investigation and they have also called on AMLO to ramp up efforts by the authorities. On top of this, the protesting group is campaigning for the opening of an investigation into sections of the Mexican army which are believed to have played a role.
Another protest taking place today was held this morning by students that had been excluded from higher education institutes. Organised by the Movimiento De Aspirantes Excluidos De La Educación Superior (MAES), a large group supported by 15,717 people on social media, their march will demand talks with higher education authorities in order to help students seeking access to higher education and increased academic support.
Organised by the Mexican Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, the final march taking place in the city today commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Moncada Barracks assault in Cuba. Identified as a political and cultural event, the organisation commemorates the start of the country’s road to Dia De La Rebeldia Nacional (Day of National Rebellion) and eventually the ousting of the Cuban dictator.
The process of protesting within the capital is of course not a new phenomenon nor does it shy away from a Mexican history where the deaths of protesters weren’t unusual. However, decades since the Tlatelolco massacre which saw up to 400 protesters killed by government-led authorities, the right to exercise a freedom of speech serves as a method of opposing government corruption and bringing focus to the pressing issues that citizens face.
Until answers are brought forward and authorities are held accountable for the disappearance of 43 students, their parents have no intentions of being silenced.