Hundreds of people marched with families of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico City on December 26 to commemorate the 15th month anniversary since the students were forcibly disappeared.
Protesters joined the parents peaceful march to the Guadalupe Basilica where they attended a mass in memory of the 43 students who were disappeared in Iguala, September 26, 2014.
In addition to the march in Mexico, Antonio Tizapa, father of Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño, one of the Ayotzinapa students who was disappeared in September 2014 finished a 48 hour hunger strike in front of the Mexican Consulate in NYC that extended throughout the Christmas holiday.
#15mesesayotzinapa – 15 Months Ayotzinapa
At 15 months of the events of 26 and 27 September 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, various civil society organizations and students from different schools gathered outside the Catedral Metropolitana and marched to the Basílica de Guadalupe to protest the disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos normal school in Ayotzinapa.
Different sectors of society accompanied the parents of the 43 normalistas students including representatives of the State of Tamaulipas who carried a blood-stained national flag and clothing stained with red along with a banner saying,
“It is not only Guerrero, Tamaulipas also bleeds like everything in Mexico.”
“#15mesesAyotzinapa #Fueelestado The march arrives on Tacuba and Palma”
“The people united will never be defeated. #15mesesAyotzinapa”
The march arrived at the Basílica de Guadalupe around 19:00 to attend the service for the 43 students. The the participants carried pictures of the missing normalistas, banners denouncing their disappearance and images the Virgin of Guadalupe. Demonstrators did the customary “pase de lista” or “roll call” sounding off numbers 1 to 43 in honor of the missing students.
— Andalalucha (@Andalalucha) December 27, 2015
“Parents of the 43 of #Ayotzinapa reach Iguala to leave flowers for the fallen companions.”
Hunger Strike at NYC Mexican Consulate
Final video of Sr. Tizapa’s hunger strike. Tizapa is heard leading calls for the Mexican government to return the students alive, the slogan “alive you took them, alive we want them back” features prominently as the NYPD also makes their presence felt with a large paddy wagon. The official Mexican flag is noticeably absent – removed by the consulate from the actual building – during many protests due to the presumed desire of the consulate to not draw attention to the Mexican community’s demands for justice. – Somos los otros NY
Asi concluyó el ayuno de
48 horas por los 43 frente al consulado general de México por parte de
Antonio Tizapa ,padre de Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño
A 15 meses de los cobardes echos en Iguala Guerrero ,echos perpetrados por por el Estado que lleva las manos manchadas de sangre de nuestro pueblo
¿dónde están? Nos preguntamos
la cuestión parece no tener respuesta
dijiste que estarías en el aire
pero ahora huele a pólvora
dijiste que estarías en la tierra
pero la han mancillado
dijiste que estarías en el agua
pero la han convertido en ríos de sangre
seguiremos buscando tu rostro
entre todos los campesinos
entre todos los estudiantes
entre los corazones de fuego
de las mujeres y los hombres que sostienen nuestro país
entre todos los que no callan su voz
entre los que aún miran esperanzados el futuro
seguro que te encontraremos
porque estamos seguros que algún día
nosotros, los otros, venceremos
Note: Final video of Sr.Tizapa’s 43 hour hunger strike. Tizapa is heard leading calls for the Mexican government to return the students alive, the slogan “alive you took them, alive we want them back” features prominently as the NYPD also makes their presence felt with a large paddy wagon. The official Mexican flag is noticeably absent – removed by the consulate from the actual building – during many protests due to the presumed desire of the consulate to not draw attention to the Mexican community’s demands for justice.
Posted by Somos los otros NY on Saturday, December 26, 2015
Tizapa says his hunger strike is also intended to call attention to the Mérida Initiative, the multibillion-dollar U.S. program used to fund the so-called war on drugs in Mexico, which has led to more than 100,000 deaths and disappearances over the last decade.