Monday, September 26, 2016

2 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

2 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

Art by Jennifer Espinoza, Donají, and Angel Gómez Cancheiro.

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the disappearance of 43 male students from Ayotzinapa Normal School, a teacher's college that is located in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico. 

It all started on September 26 in the town of Iguala, when police opened fire on three buses full of students, who were en route to protest education reforms and to demand more resources for their college. In that altercation, six people were killed and 43 students were arrested. The cops then handed the students, who were mostly from indigenous and rural campesino towns, over to cartel hitmen from the drug gang Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors). They haven't been seen since.

Online, graphic artists from all over have added art and portraits of the missing students to a Tumblr called Ilustradores con Ayotzinapa or "Illustrators with Ayotzinapa." Each illustration is a detailed portrait of the missing student: a face in a dreamy watercolor of rainbows; another face, crying and rising from Mexico choked by cactus; a third face gagged with the Mexican flag. 

You can visit the online gallery at http://ilustradoresconayotzinapa.tumblr.com/