Representative of the 43 Ayotzinapa Students to Lead Vigil and March from the US State Department to the Mexican Embassy, Six Months after the Disappearances
for immediate release
Washington, D.C- March 25, 2015
Arturo J. Viscarra,
On Thursday March 26th the Caravana 43 DC organizing committee #Ayotzi43DC and a representative of the families of the 43 forcibly disappeared students will be hosting a vigil at the US Department of State to denounce the US’s silence on forced disappearances and its involvement on the failed war on drugs in Mexico. The Mexico war on drugs has been funded by Plan Mexico, a 2 billion dollar US taxpayer initiative that has led to increased military presence and has contributed to an unprecedented wave of violence across the country resulting in over 100,000 murders and 30,000 disappearances.
Six months after 43 students from the Isidro Burgos Rural Teaching College in Ayotzinapa, also known as Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico were brutally attacked and forcibly disappeared by local police, families, communities and millions of people from Mexico and around the world are still claiming for justice. Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval the spokesperson for the group of parents of the Ayotzinapa 43 and a member of the faculty of the Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa Guerrero will be present at the vigil.
Felipe de La Cruz said that “Caravana 43 purpose is to provide an international forum for the parents who have lost their children in a government of systemic violence and impunity. Another important goal of the caravana is to shed light on US foreign policy, specifically the Merida Initiative and its connection to socioeconomic conditions and violence in Mexico”
The vigil will start at 5:00pm at 359 21st Street NW and will be followed by a press conference at 5:30pm in which De La Cruz Sandoval will address questions. Shortly after the press conference there will be a march to the Mexican Embassy at 1911 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
While in Washington DC the parents, family members, lawyers and representatives of the Caravana 43 are being hosted by #Ayotzi43DC, a local coalition made up of local grassroots organizations comprised of Mexican and Latin American citizens.
For further information about the events in the DMV area and the Caravana 43 please contact: Arturo Viscarra
or Sandra Macias
. Phone numbers: 617-820-3008 or 541-760-9084.