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Mexico Approves Reparations for Family of Ayotzinapa Student

  • Relatives of the 43 Ayotzinapa students and supporters lead a demonstration on Sept. 26, 2015 in Mexico City to commemorate one year since their disappearance.

    Relatives of the 43 Ayotzinapa students and supporters lead a demonstration on Sept. 26, 2015 in Mexico City to commemorate one year since their disappearance. | Photo: AFP

Published 23 December 2015
Opinion

The reparations are the first to be awarded to any family members of the 43 disappeared students who disappeared last year.

Mexico has approved the first comprehensive plan for reparations to one of the families of the victims of the Ayotzinapa case, the infamous attack on Sept. 26, 2014 when police opened fire on protesters and arrested 43 students who were later disappeared.

The Executive Committee for Victims Assistance (CEAV) on Tuesday approved the reparations for the family of David Joshua Garcia Evangelista, a soccer player who was killed during the incident last year in Iguala, Guerrero. The young man was one of six people killed that night when police opened fire on protesters and students.

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“The reparation is an obligation that is on the General Law on Victims and this is an achievement of civil society,” said Rochín del Rincón, president of the committee.

The compensation, which was unanimously approved by the committee, includes measures such as the allocation to the family of a permanent legal adviser to track the case, psychological care programs, education scholarships and economic compensation.

According to a statement released by CEAV, the committee is still studying and processing other cases related to the victims of what occurred in Iguala in September of 2014.

However, no particular mention was made of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa training school who were disappeared that evening. Families and supporters of the students continue to push the government for clear answers as to what happened.

Only the remains of one of the students has been found and parents, forensic specialists, and human rights organizations have questioned the government's official story that the students were handed to a local gang called Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors), burned and then dumped into a local river.

WATCH: Mexico: New Evidence Shows Ayotzinapa Students Were Not Burned

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