September 26th marks the second anniversary of the mass kidnapping of 43 students from a school in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Since the last decade around 130,000 people have been reported missing in Mexico. Mirar Morir (Watching Them Die) analyses the case of the Ayotzinapa students and explores the role the Mexican state in this tragic event.
Edinburgh in Protest
Summary of the documentary: The 27th Infantry Batallion and other federal forces reviewed every movement of the Ayotzinapa students in Iguala, in the journey of September 26 and 27, 2014. They calmly watched them die or be taken. All along the Army has withheld information and are unwilling to help rescue the students or clarify upon their fate. This is not unusual, as a repression tool against social movements and as an accomplice to criminal gangs. The military in Guerrero has watched and perpetrated disappearances, murders, torture and massacres, for the half-century it’s dominated local life, linked into business with caciques and druglords.
This tragic night in Iguala was the consequence of a general state of violence and impunity in which manouvers to cover-up the truth reach Mexico’s highest levels of government, and in which the Republic’s General Attorney’s office is not looking for justice, but to mislead society.
Details of the event
What: Documentary screening, language Spanish with English subtitles.
When: 02/10/2016 6pm
Where: The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (17W Montgomery Street, EH7 5HA).
Link to social media: https://www.facebook.com/events/1770881429826633/
The scale and the little media coverage in Scotland of this tragic event triggered the appearance of Cosmopolita Scotland in October 2014, being this case the first article published in our bilingual magazine.
The day this documentary will be shown in Edinburgh, the 2nd of October, is the 48 anniversay of the massacre of Mexican students in Mexico City in 1968.