Mexico: Revolution Day Protests End in Violent Police Repression; Protesters Charged with Terrorism

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Día de la Revolución 2014 (Revolution Day) was a national holiday that Mexican citizens will not soon forget. People in more than 16 Mexican states protested on November 20th including Campeche, Chiapas, Morelos, Michoacán, Sonora, Veracruz, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Nayarit and Jalisco. Activists in Mexico tell us they estimate half a million people participated in peaceful protests on November 20 demanding justice for the 43 missing normalista students from Ayotzinapa. The largest protests in Mexico City ended in a very violent police repression and arbitrary arrests by granaderos and 11 protesters are now charged with terrorism.

The Zocalo in Mexico City on the night of November 20, 2014, filled with hundreds of thousands of people protesting the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students. Protesters burned a giant effigy of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

31 people were arrested on November 20 at two different locations, both were sites of violent police repression. 16 people were detained earlier in the day at a march towards the Mexico City international airport and 15 people were arrested later during the night at the Zocalo.

11 of the people detained are being accused of riot, attempted murder, organized crime and terrorism and have been transferred to maximum security prisons in Nayarit and Veracruz. Their names are Ramon Dominguez Patlan, Atzin Andrade, Juan Daniel Lopez Avila, Laurence Maxwell y llabaca, Luis Carlos Pichardo, Francisco Garcia Martinez, Roberto Cesar Jasso, Gilary Anahí Gonzalez Olguin, Liliana Garduño Ortega, Hugo Bautista Hernandez, and Tania Ivone Damian Rojas.

Video of police repression near the Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México, AICM:

Videos of violent eviction of protesters in the Zocalo:

Federal police attacked diners in a restaurant near the Zocalo:

The Human Rights Commission of Mexico City (CDHDF) has opened an official complaint regarding the violent manner in which federal police cleared the Zocalo on November 20 and stated that the violence was not necessary.

More than 8 journalists were attacked while covering the protests some were attacked by masked agitators and others were trampled in fighting between police and protesters.


“The attack on Karla Silva, a reporter for The Herald of Silao, was retaliation: PDHEG”

Some very disturbing images have been uploaded showing the extent of police brutality that took place in the Zocalo. This image below of a granadero (federal police officer) about to club a man with a young child in his arms is particularly disturbing.

Even more disturbing was this facebook post from the following day from a woman who says she is the wife of a granadero. Full translation of the text below:


 

My husband is a granadero, he was in the demonstration yesterday. Today he is going to resign for not attacking on the orders of the director of the police and Miguel Angel Mancera. They were “to hit mainly people who have children in their arms, families and even children if they crossed them.” They removed their badges so they could not be identified. I love you, support you and together we will bring our family through this.

The post has since been removed but this facebook user has a recent post thanking everyone for supporting them and we’re told her husband now has a new job.

Revolution Day 2014 was a mostly peaceful day of massive protests and marches demanding justice for the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa but ended in unnecessary violence when federal police attacked people. It was a scene that’s become way too familiar to us – of security forces being used as a body of repression against peaceful protesters demanding answers for a totally just cause.

Protests are still continuing in Mexico demanding justice for the 43 disappeared students. Today, normalistas in Guerrero took over 2 radio stations (ABC and Radio Capital) and broadcast a message warning that protests will continue unless President Enrique Peña Nieto resigns. In a press conference one of the student leaders said that November 26 marks 2 months since the 43 students disappeared and until now the government of Peña Nieto has told pure lies.

We will continue to follow developments in Mexico and update as always.

List of those detained at the international airport protest:

1. ALEJANDRO CABRERA ÁVILA
2. ALFREDO DELGADO CARRERA
3. CUAUHTÉMOC NAVARRO SUSANO
4. DANIEL CAMACHO DOMÍNGUEZ
5. DAVID NAVA OCAMPO
6. ERICK MARTÍNEZ CABELLO
7. GIBRAN LOVANI MÉNDEZ URBAN
8. HORACIO ANTIONIO GONZÁLEZ SANTANDER
9. HUMBERTO NAVA OCAMPO
10. JORGE ALFREDO DELGADO CARREÓN
11. JOSÉ MANUEL MORALES RUIZ
12. MIGUEL ÁNGEL LARA MOSSO
13. MISSAEL YÁÑEZ AGUILAR
14. OSCAR IVÁN RAMÍREZ SENTELLANO
15. RICARDO ROJAS RIVERA
16. SAMANTHA IRAÍS BUENDÍA HERNÁNDEZ

(Update: All those arrested at the airport protest have been released)

List of those detained at the Zocalo protest:

1. ALEJANDRO CRUZ DELGADILLO
2. ATZIM ANDRADE GONZÁLEZ
3. JESÚS PALMA
4. HUGO BAUTISTA HERNÁNDEZ
5. TANIA DAMIÁN ROJAS
6. ELID ELÍAS MONDRAGÓN ROMERO
7. LILIANA GARDUÑO ORTEGA
8. JOSÉ ALBERTO CASIMIRO SÁNCHEZ
9. LAURENCE MAXWELL ILABACA
10. JUAN DANIEL LÓPEZ ÁVILA
11. RAMÓN DOMÍNGUEZ AYALA
12. ROBERTO CÉSAR JASSO DEL ÁNGEL
13. LUIS CARLO PICHARDO
14. HILLARY ANALÍ GONZÁLEZ HOLGUÍN
15. JOSÉ ARTURO BARRERA ROMERO

Sources:
Milenio
Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires del 68
Regeneración
Telesur
Eje Central
Reforma
Cencos – Fact Sheets on the 11 Detained for #Nov20MX

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Erin Gallagher is a multimedia artist, translator and writer for Revolution News.