Top image: Students from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Autonomos University of Puebla) march, holding posters with the faces of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa Normal students over their own. Photo via El Universal.
On September 26 a rural police barricade in the Mexican state of Guerrero somehow morphed into a gun battle with a bunch of college students and after six were shot dead, 43 were carted off by law enforcement. They disappeared. Shortly thereafter, the mayor of the town and his wife went on the lam. The governor of Guerrero resigned. A month later, the federal government announces that the 43 were shot by the drug cartel members the police handed them off to, their remains burned to ash. The bereaved families still don’t buy the story. If all this had happened in the United States, 4U Magazine thinks you’d already know about the march today that you need to be at. As is, we feel the responsibility to shout about this: today, as the anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, has been chosen for a nationwide general strike in Mexico, and as an international protest day around the world. And it’s really important that we show up here in the United States to support our Mexican neighbors, not only because they’re rising up against a government that seems impossibly fucked up, but also because it got that way because of the way our own elected government encouraged — funded! — the hypocritical and awful War on Drugs that financed the corruption that ended up killing these kids.
Everyone find out where your local demonstration is, there is one. San Francisco, get your ass down to Justin Herman Plaza. 4U Mag will see you there.
SAN FRANCISCO AYOTZINAPA DEMONSTRATION (THURSDAY // 4P // JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA // MORE)
BERKELEY AYOTZINAPA DEMONSTRATION (THURSDAY // 11:30A-2P // BERKELEY CITY HALL // MORE)
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