Crisis in Mexico: Who is Really Responsible For The Missing Forty-Three?

February 8, 2015 6:20 AM

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In December, revolution seemed possible in Mexico. The source was a nationwide protest movement that some called the Mexican Autumn—ignited by the late-September kidnapping, and then alleged murder, of forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School, in the small city of Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The forty-three were among a larger group of students who were trying to leave Iguala in five commandeered commercial buses that came under a series of armed attacks from local municipal police and other gunmen. Six people were killed in the first hours of the attacks, and forty-three others then seemed to disappear.

Ten days passed before the Procuraduría General de la República (P.G.R.), Mexico’s equivalent to the U.S. Attorney General’s office, began an investigation into the students’ whereabouts. In the months since, a haphazard investigation turned up clandestine grave after grave filled with dismembered b...

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