Tuesday, September 26, 2017

3 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

3 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

Art by Carlos Gamboa, Jorge Zapata, and Lau Zárate.

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa Normal School, a rural teacher's college that is located in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico. 

It all started on September 26th 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.

On yet another sad anniversary without justice, MEChA stands with the families of the 43 disappeared students and the thousands of disappeared family collectives across Mexico. 

¡Vivos se los llevaron, Vivos los queremos!

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. We invite you to visit this art gallery in remembrance of the missing students.

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