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Mexico: Parents of 43 Disappeared Students Seek Meeting with Pope

HeadlineAug 28, 2015

In news from Mexico, the parents of the 43 students who disappeared after being attacked and detained by local police last year are preparing to send a delegation to Philadelphia in efforts to meet with Pope Francis in September. The disappearance of the 43 young men, who were training at the rural teachers’ college of Ayotzinapa in the southern state of Guerrero, has sparked international outcry and prompted calls for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s resignation. On Wednesday, family members and residents marked the 11-month anniversary of the students’ disappearance. Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, spokesperson for the families of the disappeared students, denounced the Mexican authorities’ handling of the case, including the alleged destruction of surveillance footage that may have captured the students’ kidnapping.

Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval: “First off, the fact that they made a [surveillance] video disappear from the Tribunal for Justice in Iguala. This evidence is the most important, because it is the moment when they stop the bus and take away some of the young people, the normalista students. By disappearing them, we see the protection and complicity that they want to give to the criminals of that night. We already knew we couldn’t confide in the Mexican government, and now, with these results, we can confide even less.”

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