Parents of Mexico’s 43 missing students go on hunger strike

Parents of students who went missing last year from teaching college in Ayotzinapa go on hunger strike on anniversary of tragedy

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Relatives of 43 missing students gathered Mexico City’s historic Zocalo Square holding their pictures

Family members of 43 Mexican students who disappeared last year began a hunger strike on Thursday in Mexico City’s historic Zocalo Square. they gathered under tent in front of Mexico City’s cathedral and began protesting.

Families holding pictures of their loved ones protested against the failings of an inquiry into what happened to the 43 students.

“For 43 hours, we will only drink water and we’ll be fasting when we meet with the president,” said Nardo Flores, whose son Bernardo is among the missing.

“I don’t know if I can handle the fasting. I’m diabetic. I’ll do all I can,” said Genovena Sanchez, whose son has also disappeared, adding, “I’m doing this to get my son back.”

A deputy interior minister, Roberto Campa, said the meeting between the parents and President Pena Nieto will be "complicated" because the case is tender issue.

“I’m confident that we will have a productive meeting, which will produce agreements to obtain the two main objectives, which are getting to the truth and getting justice,” Campa said.

Protesters headed to the central state of Guerrero yesterday in buses in order to protest the disappearance of the students where they clashed with police officers blocking the highway.

Police fired tear gas in response to the demonstrators throwing molotov cocktails.

Forty-three student teachers from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College were kidnapped on the night of Sept. 26, 2014 by the police in the city of Iguala, in Guerrero. The police then handed over the students to United Warriors, a local gang.

TRTWorld and agencies