The families of the missing 43 students are still demanding answers from the Mexican government eight years after their children’s disappearances. Photo: Google


Eight years after 43 teaching students disappeared from the Ayotzinapa university campus in the Guerrero town of Iguala after being detained by police for rioting, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said Monday, May 24, that the U.S. government will be helping his administration to further investigate the still-unresolved case.

Speaking during his daily morning presser at the National Palace, AMLO said that U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris — who is due to visit Mexico on June 7 (the day after the country’s largest elections in history) to discuss migration issues — had sent him part a file that U.S. authorities have on the Ayotzinapa case.

“The Human Rights Commission in charge of investigating Ayotzinapa asked me to ask the United States government to obtain a file that U.S. authorities have,” AMLO said.

“And I asked the vice president to help us. I also want to take this opportunity to thank her because she has already sent me part of that file, but I cannot say anything else at this time.”

AMLO did say that he expected to receive the rest of the file later this week.

In April 2018, the Mexican daily newspaper Reforma revealed that key clues regarding the disappearance of the students had been revealed in the United States.

According to some reports, the U.S. data indicates that a total of 50 to 60 people — not just the 43 students — vanished from Iguala on Sept. 24, 2014. That information is expected to be verified in the U.S. file.

Also, the file is expected to show that police officers from the nearby towns of Cocula and Huitzuco participated in the disappearance of the students at the behest of the drug-running criminal group Guerreros Unidos (Warriors United) in Chicago, which thought that the student mobilization was part of a rival operation.

The supposed leader of the Guerreros Unidos Cartel, Ángel “El Mochomo” Casarrubias Salgado, was detained last year in the central Mexican State of Mexico (Edoméx) for allegedly orchestrating the students’ disappearance and ordering their execution (although their bodies were never found).

Shortly after he took office in December 2018, AMLO announced plans to reinvestigate the case after 77 detainees were released amid allegations of official incompetence and corruption, but there has been little new information revealed by the government.

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