Protests in Mexico After 43 Students Dead

by Bridget Richard and Cayla Destefani

Protests have erupted throughout Mexico as early as November 7 as a result of gang members in the city of Iguala confessing to the massacre of 43 college students that went missing September 26 of this year. Attorney General Jesus Murillo explained in a televised appearance that the authorities were led to two trash bags that supposedly held the ashes of the 43 students who had been killed and incinerated. On November 8, 2014, protestors set fire to the door of Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto’s ceremonial palace. Police have since built fencing to try to keep protestors away from the National Palace.

The controversy behind this tragic event concerns an official release that the gang guilty of the crime was working with the police and local government. The students were taken from a small rural college in Guerrero state. Protestors have been burning cars and trucks outside of Chilpancingo, the Guerrero capital. Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, supposedly told police to confront the students after they had gone to Iguala asking for money. They feared the students would disrupt an event being led by the wife. The police fired into the crowd of students and killed six, then arrested 43.

“Ya me canse!” or “I’ve had enough!” is the battle cry being heard all around Mexico City. Protesters took to social media as well. #YaMeCanse comes from a comment made by Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam after an hour of questions when he abruptly turned away from the camera and reporters saying, “Ya me canse.” Shortly after, the phrase became the battle cry for justice. Even on Twitter and other social networks #yamecanse is the symbol of injustice in Mexico.

There is international sympathy for the protesters and the victims, seen here in this support video.