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Where are Mexico’s missing students?

October 3, 2014

The attacks in Iguala represent one of the worst instances of violence against students in Mexico since October 2, 1968, when the military massacred hundreds of leftist student demonstrators in Tlatelolco, Mexico City.

Forty-three Mexican students are still missing a week after police and other unidentified assailants shot dead six unarmed civilians in Iguala, a small city in the southwestern state of Guerrero.

The students are activists from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college who had come to Iguala on Friday, September 26 to collect donations to fund planned demonstrations. They were protesting against what they consider discriminatory hiring practices that favor teachers from urban backgrounds over rural ones.

The students said they were hitchhiking back to their college on local buses that night when they came under attack by municipal police officers and other unidentified gunmen. The police gave chase and opened fire, later claiming that the students had hijacked the buses.

Three students were killed on the spot, along with a woman who was hit later that night when her taxi came under fire. Gunmen also shot at a bus carrying third-division soccer team Avispones – having presumably mistaken it for a bus seized by students – causing the vehicle to crash and killing the driver and a 15-year-old member of the team.

At least 17 others were injured and 57 students went missing in the aftermath of the attacks…

Click here to read this story in full at Latin Correspondent.

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