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  • Almost 50 students from the Rural Normal School “Raul Isidro Burgos”in Ayotzinapa disappeared in September of 2014 enroute to a political protest.

    Almost 50 students from the Rural Normal School “Raul Isidro Burgos”in Ayotzinapa disappeared in September of 2014 enroute to a political protest. | Photo: EFE

Published 28 February 2019

Despite government promises, family members complained that they have yet to receive any concrete results.

A total of 53 months have passed since the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students without a clue of their whereabouts, family members denounced earlier this week during a march through Mexico City.

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"We must remain fervent to the demand for justice. Today we are standing. We continue to denounce that 4 years and 5 months have passed and there is no answer yet. Our resolution and demonstrations show that we still have hope of discovering the whereabouts of our youths,” said Maximino Hernandez, father of the teacher, Carlos Lorenzo Hernandez Muñoz, who disappeared with his 43 students on Sep. 26, 2014 during a trip to a political demonstration.

An army of 500 protesters circled around the Angel of Independence Tuesday, passing by the Senate, before reaching a monument dedicated to the youths.

Despite their demands and government promises, family members complained that they have yet to receive any concrete information on the case.

"We have seen the disposition of the new Government, which has committed itself. So far he has formed the commissions but what we want to see are results,” said Hilda Legideño, a protester and mother of a disappeared person.

The federal government of Mexico signed an order January which fulfilled its commitment to investigate the Ayotzinapa case and sanction the officials involved in the disappearance of 43 students.

While a Commission for Truth and Access to Justice was established to carry out the investigations of not only the Ayotzinapa alumni but also the more than 37,000 Mexican who have disappeared over the last decade.

Almost 50 students from the Rural Normal School “Raul Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa disappeared in September of 2014 en route to a political protest in a nearby city. No trace of the students was ever found. Official statements from the Enrique Peña Nieto administration claim the students were arrested in Iguala by local authorities who delivered them to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel before being killed and their bodies incinerated.

Experts say the traceless incineration of so many bodies in a dumpster, according to police reports, is impossible and have joined family members in the push for justice.

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