Week of Continuous Actions for Ayotzinapa in Chiapas
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. 5th November, 2014.
The fire of Ayotzinapa is not quenched in Chiapas. From 28 October until 5 November, daily protests have been held for the murder of six people (three of them, normalistas) and the enforced disappearance of 43 students from the Rural Normal School "Raúl Isidro Burgos" in Ayotzinapa, who were kidnapped by municipal police in Iguala, Guerrero, on 26th September.
The week of ongoing protests has featured students of normal schools and universities as well as teachers from the State Coordination of Education Workers of Chiapas (CETECH), and various civil organizations and adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. Together with the Rural Normal School Mactumatzá of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the only rural normal school in Chiapas, since 20th October the 14 normal schools from the Coordination of Normal School Students in Chiapas (CENECH) have been on indefinite work stoppage; they have held marches, conferences and liberation of toll booths in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Zinacantán, Cintalapa, Tuxtla Chico, Huehuetán, Villaflores and Tapachula, demanding the presentation alive of his their compañeros from Ayotzinapa.
The echoes of their protests, which on 5th November blocked the highway to Tuxtla Gutierrez, have sounded strongly this past week in San Cristobal de las Casas with various events: peaceful takeovers at the palace of justice and the government palace, assemblies which coordinate with the national inter-university one, banners and posters everywhere, interviews with CETECH on local radio stations, marches and protests of the XXXVII National Meeting of History Students, and offerings to the dead large and small where flyers are distributed and no food is wasted because the living are invited to share the food. The actions for Ayotzinapa do not stop in a city where the south wall of the cathedral has become a Cinema Paradiso for the indignados, which projects videos of the grieving demands of the father of a normal school student, along with those of the intense mobilizations in Mexico and the world.
The protests grew throughout a week when the state police in Mexico repressed and imprisoned elderly people in San Francisco Xochicuautla, a police elite group killed four youths in Tamaulipas, kidnappers quietly kidnapped eight athletes in the capital of Ajusco and armed clashes throughout this country at war did not stop for one day.
The recent arrest of the criminal couple who ruled Iguala, and who ordered the attack on the normal school, has not stopped the protests. The names of the former municipal president who murdered his own party colleagues, his drug dealing wife or his cousin the chief of the municipal police (still at large) do not seem to matter in a Chiapas of uninterrupted cries which clearly focused on denouncing the Mexican political system in its entirety and pronouncing the names of the 43 missing students, who they have been awaiting for forty days.
Text and photos: an adherent to the Sixth.
Radio Zapatista Collective