Protests from north to south mark Day of Enforced Disappearances in Mexico

Protests and demonstrations from north to south marked this Tuesday the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Mexico, one of the countries with the most cases after surpassing the official figure of 100,000 unlocated people in mid-May.

In the state of Guerrero, southern Mexico, the faces of hundreds of disappeared people flooded the streets of the cities Chilapa, Iguala and Chilpancingo on Tuesday in marches and demonstrations in which minors who missed school participated to demand the appearance of their loved ones.

According to the Lupita Rodríguez de Chilpancingo Collective of Disappeared Persons, in Guerrero there are more than 8,000 disappeared, although the state authorities give lower figures.

However, according to figures from the National Registry of Missing and Unlocated Persons, as of August 30, 2020, Guerrero ranks tenth nationally with 3,860 missing persons.

In the protests this Tuesday, relatives placed candles and floral offerings at different points but not as an indication that their loved ones are dead, but as a light of hope to hear from them again.

"We are not looking for culprits or responsible parties, we only seek that in this way we find someone who can tell us or if they are no longer there, also find the remains of their disappeared"The director of the Center for Human Rights, José María Morelos y Pavón, Teodomira Rosales Sierra, told Efe.

In Iguala, the Colectivo Los otros Desaparecidos considered that there is a massive increase in disappearances and that as long as the population is not sensitized and has empathy for the victims, the increase will continue.

In eight years of work, this group has located 260 bodies in its searches carried out in the hills of Iguala and nearby municipalities, of which 62 have been returned to their families.

In the city of Monterrey, in the north of the country, relatives of victims of forced disappearance demanded attention from local and federal authorities for the cases of their loved ones dating back to 2007.

members of the collective "Be reborn"which brings together some 25 families, gathered on one side of Plaza Zaragoza, in the center of Monterrey, to carry out a day of claims and justice.

"We are about 25 families who represent the disappeared from 2007 to date"pointed out Elva Elizabeth Rivas Ramírez, spokesperson for the collective, and said that most of the disappearances are linked to acts perpetrated by organized crime and the victims belong to the states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.

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"The help of the authorities has been completely null. There are files that have not been reviewed for years, there are files that are missing and we have cases since 2007 and we have cases from Tamaulipas that do not even have their status as victims."said the spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, in Ciudad Juárez, on the border with the United States, dozens of relatives of disappeared victims carried out different acts in a city in which more than 1,000 absences have been recorded since 2010 to date, according to data from the Rd Mesa de Mujeres collective. .

The demonstrators went to a military installation of the National Defense Secretariat where they demanded justice from the authorities to clarify the disappearances.

Judith Galarza, representative of the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared, suffered the arrest and subsequent disappearance of her sister María Leticia 44 years ago, on January 5, 1978.

"Every year we come to remember our relatives, we do not want them to forget, we have memory, they are detained and disappeared men and women, who fought for a different, fair society, for education, housing and respect for political freedoms"he told Efe.

He explained, according to his estimates, that at the country level from the year 2000 to date there have been 90,000 disappearances, of which some 2,500 correspond to the state of Chihuahua.

This Tuesday the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration of the Mexican Government, Alejandro Encinas, indicated that the current administration is open to scrutiny and international cooperation in the matter of disappeared persons.

This, he assured, after the authorities of previous administrations denied the existence of a crisis and given the impossibility of generating effective coordination

Mexico commemorated the International Day of Enforced Disappearances as one of the countries with the most cases after surpassing the official figure of 100,000 unaccounted for a few months ago, amid the controversy surrounding the Ayotzinapa case and with a complicated panorama in which the few advances They are made by family members.

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