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The Despair of the 43 Students from a Mexican Point of View


By Kassandra Saltos

As the article, “One year ago, 43 Mexican students were killed. Still, there are no answers for their families,” points out, it has already been a year since 43 innocent students disappeared and neither the parents nor the entire concerned society has received any certain news about what happened to them. It has been kept as a very badly covered secret and rumor has it (but we most certainly know), that they were kidnapped and probably tortured, murdered, and/or disappeared by the government.

As a Mexican woman that has experienced this news from a very close point of view, I have no more words to say to the American media that talks about this problem but, thank you. It is impressive how much more accurate information external sources provide the American media with in a case that everyone in Mexico is aware of, but the government very desperately and poorly tries to cover up.

We are not only being constantly lied to, but also threatened if we discover something they do not want us to know, especially if we try to communicate this information to others, or even support the cause. Truth is, we only know what happened because we have access to social media where people are a little bit freer to express what they know about the case. In Mexico, all the newspapers, magazines, and news channels are corrupt and communicate only what the government wants them to. The only thing all Mexicans have in common when talking about the Ayotzinapa students, is that we are very confused because we have not been able to reach a certainty about anything. It is clear that we need another government, because this one is not prosecuting criminals and protecting us; this government is working together with criminals and killing innocent people that are simply claiming their rights. This government has no love for Mexico and its people; this government has only ambition for power over the individuals. As far as they are concerned, Mexico is just a very good country to get money out of.

Not all of us Mexicans are naïve in cases like this–government has been suppressing revolutionary ideas and exigencies of justice for many years now. We Mexicans know that this is a cry for attention and that the government is scared of what we can do. We are not letting this be forgotten, and as much as they will try to keep us silent, we will be louder.

The feeling of impotence has been ingrained in the society. Outsiders see us as a society that forgets and forgives too easily. Outsiders see us as fools, and that is not only thanks to everything that is not being shown, like the many movements that have been organized against the government, but also because what is being shown is a governor who is uneducated enough to present lies to a world that has more access to information than he does. We have never been more insecure, endangered, anguished, or angry as we have ever since he became president.

43 students disappeared, many other Mexicans that have been fighting for justice have been treated as inhumanly as possible, many others have been threatened, and many others have been silenced in any way the government has believed right. The government has tried to make us unaware of the revolution that is emerging, and they have even been hypocritical enough to say, “We should stop complaining.” We Mexicans will stop complaining when our demands will not only be listened to, but actually resolved. We will stop complaining when we are given a government that covers and satisfies our necessities. We will stop complaining when they give us the justice we deserve. We will stop complaining when the blood of innocents stop irrigating our beautiful lands. We will stop complaining when we feel secure enough to talk about this subject without fear of losing our lives, without fear of being the 44th missing student.

/!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

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