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Relatives of the 43 students marching in Mexico City last month. Rights experts concluded that there had been a slow response in the case, possible torture of suspects and damage to key evidence. Credit Henry Romero/Reuters

Sept. 26 will mark a year since one of the most heinous crimes in modern Mexico, when police officers and drug cartel hit men are believed to have abducted 43 students and killed another six students or passers-by in the town of Iguala. There have been even bigger mass killings by cartels in the past, also involving the security forces who are supposed to be fighting them. But the Iguala attacks caused far more outrage because they targeted students, the police were on the front line, and they were close to the capital.

The images of the missing youths and their distraught families shook Mexican society, provoking hundreds of thousands to take to the streets demanding justice.…  Seguir leyendo »

Mexico’s Deadly Narco-Politics

Student protesters in rural Mexico have long dealt with heavy-handed police officers. But on the black night of Sept. 26, students who attended a rural teachers’ college realized they were facing a far worse menace in this southern city. Not only were police officers shooting haphazardly at them, killing three students and several passers-by; shady gunmen were also firing from the sidelines.

The next morning, the corpse of a student was dumped on a major street. He’d had his skin peeled off and his eyes gouged out. It was the mark of drug cartel assassins.

Soldiers and federal detectives detained two alleged cartel hit men, who confessed they had conspired with the police to murder students.…  Seguir leyendo »