What happened to the 43 Ayotzinapa students?
On Septem, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College were forcibly abducted and then disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. They were allegedly taken into custody by local police officers from Cocula and Iguala, in collusion with organized crime.
Why did Mexico kill 43 students?
During the administration of former President Enrique Pea Nieto, who was in power when the disappearance occurred, investigators first said the students had been murdered by a drug gang in cahoots with corrupt police and military officials, because they thought the students belonged to rival gangs.
What were the 43 students protesting in Mexico?
The 43 were part of a larger group of teacher trainees from Ayotzinapa who travelled to the nearby town of Iguala to protest against what they saw as discriminatory hiring practices for teachers.
Were the 43 students found?
MEXICO CITY Nearly six years after 43 college students disappeared in rural Mexico, the government announced the first major breakthrough in its investigation on Tuesday: Forensic scientists have identified the remains of one of the students.
What is a Normalista student?
In many areas of rural Mexico, these college students known as “normalistas” have taken to the streets and hijacked buses in sometimes violent protests against any changes to the education system. Encouraged by their professors, the students have protested the teaching of English and computer skills to rural children.
What are Normalistas in Mexico?
The ‘normalistas’ make up one of the best-organized movements among Mexico’s student collectives. It describes itself as an institution “shaping free, well-rounded people, dignified representatives of the teaching profession.” The definition of a ‘normalista’ is nothing other than student teacher.