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2014 Iguala Kidnapping and Massacre

Collected by: Emporia State University Educational Account 2

Archived since: Nov, 2014

Description:

On September 26, 2014, police and unidentified gunman believed to be drug cartel gang members allegedly ambushed a convoy of buses carrying teacher-trainee student activists from Ayotzinapa College in the state of Guerrero. In the central plaza of Iguala, six persons were shot to death. Three of the victims were students. The other three were random citizens that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The attack was brutal. Seventeen other students were wounded, and forty-three others were kidnapped. The activists were committed to helping small rural farmers and farm workers and were opposed to the new education reforms implemented by the government. The drug traffickers, their bosses, and the local politicians did not like the students' activism for various reasons. Twenty two police officers are now in custody for homicide and kidnapping along with four alleged drug traffickers. The mayor of Iguala and his wife are said to be behind the kidnapping, and the Governor of Guerrero has resigned under pressure. In the weeks after the disappearance of the students, nine mass graves have been discovered in the hills outside of Iguala. The bodies had been doused with gasoline and set on fire. It is not known if these are the bodies of the abducted students. As of December 2014, the official word is that none of the kidnapped students have been definitively found.

Subject:   Government - National Government Spontaneous Events Iguala Kidnapping

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Title: Mexican mayor and wife detained in case of 43 missing students

URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/4/iguala-mayor-detained.html/

Description: After being accused of ordering the raid on the student protesters, former Iguala Mayor José Luis Abarca and his wife fled the area and hid in an apparently abandoned house in Mexico City. On November 4th, 2014, they were discovered and detained, although the article indicates that their capture has not revealed anything about the missing students.

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Subject:   Iguala students protest revolution Mexico Ayotzinapa

Title: Mexico Voices: Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico: Ayotzinapa Students Tell What Happened on Fateful Night

URL: http://mexicovoices.blogspot.com/2014/10/iguala-guerrero-mexico-ayotzinapa_26.html

Description: Description of the abduction of 43 students as told by some of the witnesses. It is a translation of: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/10/26/index.php?section=politica&article=006n1pol&partner=rss

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Subject:   Ayotzinapa Iguala Kidnapping Mexico

Title: Mexico Finds Evidence 43 Students Murdered by Drug Gangs - Bloomberg

URL: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-07/mexico-says-evidence-signals-students-murdered-and-bodies-burned.html

Description: Criminal suspects arrested in the kidnapping. Confession and details as to how the students were killed. Authorities are awaiting DNA results to verify that the bodies are indeed those of the students.

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Subject:   Iguala; kidnapping; suspects; attorney general; confession; DNA testing

Title: U.S. Toughens Mexico Travel Warning After Kidnappings, Mass Graves In Guerrero - Forbes

URL: http://www.forbes.com/sites/doliaestevez/2014/10/13/u-s-toughens-mexico-travel-warning-after-kidnappings-mass-graves-in-guerrero/

Description: Due to the kidnapping and the finding of the mass graves for the Ayotzinapa students in Iguala, Mexico, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning for the area in Mexico.

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Subject:   Kidnapping; Mass Graves Mexico Travel Safety

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