Target: President Enrique Pena Nieto
Goal: Do not close missing student case until proper investigation takes place.
Mexico’s authorities have arrested the gang leader known as El Gil, who they claim is the cause for last year’s disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, but deep flaws in their investigation show that their claims can’t be trusted. The evident massacre of the students has been a source of global outrage and a thorn in President Nieto’s popularity. Nieto has previously been accused of trying to improperly wrap up the investigation and the recent charge against El Gil could allow him to do this.
Last September, buses filled with teachers in training at a college in the state of Guerro came under attack by Iguala’s municipal police. During this attack, 43 of the students were kidnapped and only one of their remains has been found so far. According to the Mexican attorney general’s office, the gang Guerreros Unidas then killed all of the students and burned their bodies in a rubbish dump. Argentine forensic experts who were sent to the dumpsite couldn’t locate the remains of any of the students.
The Inter American Commission of Human Rights launched their own investigation in Iguala, due to the many holes in the government’s claims. Their report exposes concerning details in the case, such as the federal police being aware the students were under attack and investigators refusing to question the military when it was known that soldiers encountered the students that night. Investigators also failed to look at survivors’ video footage of the event. Human rights groups, witnesses, journalists and forensic experts have all exposed deep flaws in the government’s account of what happened to the students.
The lack of credibility from the government’s investigation has led to violent protests throughout Mexico. The public is outraged that the bodies still haven’t been discovered and the authorities are using El Gil’s arrest to make it seem like they’ve made progress in the case. Demand that the government continue with the investigation until the bodies are found and the real culprits are caught.
Dear President Nieto,
The recent arrest of El Gil is yet another cover-up in the missing students case. The Inter American Commission of Human Rights uncovered details that point to the involvement of Mexico’s federal police and military in the crime. There have been multiple efforts to close the case despite the fact that the remains of the students have yet to be found.
Students are the future of Mexico and you are allowing the threats to this future to carry on. State and federal authorities in Guerrero have a history of hostility towards the Ayotzinapa students, whom they’ve killed before. Experts have reported that the government tortured, attempted to murder, and threatened the surviving students, as well as obstructed justice throughout the case. There is clearly a cover-up from the government and the families of the students will not back down until they have the truth.
There is talk that the current booking of El Gil will allow you to close the case. I urge you not to do this, and to instead launch a proper, uncorrupted investigation into the forced disappearances.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit:Eduardo Verdugo