Relatives of 43 missing Mexican students tour 'crime scene'

2015-09-28 09:33
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Iguala - Hundreds of people led by the parents and relatives of 43 missing students on Sunday toured various sites in southern Mexico linked to the disappearance of the young people just over a year ago.

The march came a day after the anniversary of the September 26 2014 disappearance of the students from Ayotzinapa teachers' college in southern Guerrero state. The crime sparked protests across Mexico, and thousands of people marched in Mexico City on Saturday to demand justice.

On Sunday, demonstrators visited each of the main sites in Guerrero linked to the disappearances. Some were marked with flowers, another with a triangular monolith with its point in the earth, symbolizing how the victims were seeds of a social movement, said its architect, Frumencio Ramirez.

"More than a year later we are still here," said Meliton Ortega, father of one of the missing youths. "We cannot remain silent."

The 43 students from a radical teachers' college disappeared after a clash with police in the city of Iguala. Six other people were killed at the hands of the police during the disturbances. The bodies of only two students have been identified by DNA analysis of charred bone fragments.

According to Mexico's former attorney general, local police illegally detained the students and then turned them over to the local drug gang Guerreros Unidos, which then allegedly killed them and incinerated their remains.

A group of independent experts assembled by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights took apart that version earlier this month, saying the funeral pyre simply couldn't have happened at the small area of a garbage dump where prosecutors say it did.

The government has agreed to re-evaluate the funeral pyre theory.

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