Mexico Angry at Government Over Disappearance of 43 Students
Students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College carry photographs of missing students during a march. (Photo: Reuters)
Mexicans are outraged after the Attorney General said he is "already tired" of talking about the 43 students who disappeared in September.
Mexico’s attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam has been hardly criticized by several sectors after he held a press conference on Friday to talk about the 43 students who disappeared in September.
Murillo Karam said that three detained “drug traffickers” have admitted killing the students by setting fire to them, some of whom were still alive, in a rubbish dump near the southern city of Iguala in the state of Guerrero.
But Murrillo added that it couldn’t be confirmed that it was them until DNA tests were run, which he said would be difficult to do.
Pictures of the burned remains and confessions from three alleged gang members were released by the Mexican official and when he was asked why they should believe the confessions, he ended the press conference.
He thanked journalists for showing up, and though he tried to whisper "I’m already tired", the comment was picked up by the microphone and everyone listened.
The polemic phrase has become viral in social media and Mexicans have expressed their outrage with several comments and publications.
Academics and students from the main universities in the country have said that this statement represents the authorities’ irresponsibility and their lack of ability and willingness to research.
In a public statement the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) said that the "I’m already tired," “is the perfect representation of a lazy and incompetent administration.”
Furthermore, the statement highlighted "the cynicism of Murillo Karam" after he denied the state’s participation in the events of September 26, when six people were killed in Iguala and 43 students of Ayotzinapa’s teacher-training school disappeared.
"Iguala is not the state, is the pathetic attempt of the Attorney to minimize what happened in Ayotzinapa and how this country is governed…The blatant collusion between organized crime and the state… This was not an isolated event, there were not killers. It was the State," the statement says.
“For us, these declarations are another shameless way in which the federal government is torturing us,” Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, a spokesman for the parents of the missing students, said to the press.
Meanwhile millions of Mexicans have joined the so-called “global action for Ayotzinapa” and mass demonstrations are expected in coming days, to protest against the government’s inability to find out the fate of the missing students.