THE 43 NOT FORGOTTEN AT CITY’S BINATIONAL CONFERENCE

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∞ Alondra Soto

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On November 17, eight women from Mexico crossed the border to the U.S. and came to San Diego City Collge to speak about issues that are going on in Mexico. The first woman named Oladiz, a professor and part of the General Teacher Association in Mexico, spoke on the problems with the education system in Mexico.

The women also touched on protesting the government for not working harder in solving the disappearance of the 43 normalistas from over two years ago. Injustice, suppression, and down right murders of student activists, professors, and the general public are tied to the Mexican government’s history.

Also mentioned were that many schools in Mexico are not public and many of the schools that are public are overcrowded and the conditions are horrible. So many children are unable to attend a school and receive a decent education. Many teachers are fighting for a change for the children’s and their own benefit, because education is a human right that everyone should be allowed to use.

They are protecting public education because the government has passed a new reform law that would change the country. Though these protest they hold have the potential to cost them their lives, it is not stopping them from doing what they feel is right. Another of the eight women, at the conference, was Juoquina, a mother of one of the 43 students who dissappeared in Iguala on September 19th, 2014.

On September 19th, two years ago, 43 students traveled on buses to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the Tlatelolco Massacre. During their travel, they were intercepted by police and havent been seen since. No one knows what happened because the students are still missing, and the police say they handed them to the Guerreros Unidos(United Warriors).

Juoquina, who was the mother of Juoauin, said that when they went to the police station where the students were being held, the police immediately sent them somewhere else in the search of their children. Many say that this was planned by the Iguala Mayor, Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez and his wife.

During the process of trying to find the students, police found dead and decomposed bodies in various places, claiming that they were the remains of the students. But thefamilies were told the DNA did not match. The police continued the search and kept finding bodies, but again the DNA did not match, according to officials. It has been two years since the dissappearence of these students and parents want answers—they want the truth and are tired of constant lies. This comes to show how much importance the government puts on issues like these. The women stressed the importance of coming together, to support the victims and families affected by these occurrences so the truth can be brought to light.