Ayotzinapa, Two Years On: Calendar of Activities for Sept 2016

On the night of the 26th of September, students from the Ayotzinapa rural teaching college in Guerrero, Mexico came under attack by municipal police forces. Six students and bystanders were killed, and 43 students were taken by the police in collusion with members of the organised crime. Since then, the whereabouts of the 43 students forcibly disappeared remain unknown, yet their parent's unremitting struggle for their presentation alive goes on. However, Ayotzinapa is only the tip of the iceberg. According to official data, more than 27,000 people are currently missing in Mexico and the impunity in these cases is almost complete. 

In this context, London Mexico Solidarity invites you all to a series of events to reflect on human rights in Mexico and, of course, to keep on demanding the Mexican government to bring the 43 students back and to stop the crisis of enforced disappearances. The activities we have planned are below, and we will update the information as soon as we have it, but we wanted to share it with you so you can save the dates and pass on the info!

For these activities we will have the honour to have people from FUNDENL (United Forces for Our Disappeared in Nuevo León), which have led the fight the disappeared in Nuevo León, México, and have appeared at national and international fora on disappearances. Among these, they have been invited by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to offer their testimonies and raise awareness on Mexico's human rights crisis.



6th September / 18:00 - 23:00

Night of Music, Art, Dance & Resistance from Mexico:
The Hive, First Floor Cafe, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DG - £3 suggested donation More Info


21st September / 18:00

Panel Discussion: Disappearances in Mexico: 2 Years After Ayotzinapa. UCL Institute of the Americas Room 103, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0P

Speakers: Leticia Hidalgo (United Forces for our Disappeared in Nuevo León) Dr. Thomas Rath (UCL-History) Ed Vulliamy (The Guardian and The Observer) London Mexico Solidarity. Chair: Dr. Benjamin Smith (University of Warwick) / Further Info and Registration


23rd September / 18:00

Watching them Die: The Mexican Army and the 43 Disappeared (Dir.: Coizta Grecko, Mexico, 100 min. with English subtitles) - Documentary Screening and Discussion by War Resisters International and London Mexico Solidarity, Friends Meeting House Bloomsbury Suite B, Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJSuggested Donation £3.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with:
- Leticia Hidalgo, United Forces for our Disappeared in Nuevo León 
- Rupert Knox, ex-researcher on Mexico at Amnesty International
- Dr. Miriam Haddu, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, Royal Holloway, London University
Further info: FB London Mexico Solidarity


24th September / Time to be confirmed

'Mexico's Human Rights Crisis: Enforced Disppearances', a brief talk by FUNDENL, at the British Museum's Great Court, Great Russell St. London, WC1B 3DG


 26th September / 17:30-19:00

DEMONSTRATION: Ayotzinapa, Two Years On: Stop Disappearances in Mexico.
Mexican Embassy in London, 16 St George St, London W1S 1FD, United Kingdom, 
-> Bring banners, pictures, flags, chants, poetry, and lots of energy!


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More details and actions to be confirmed. 

London Mexico Solidarity & Twitter: London Mexico Solidarity

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More info on the enforced disappearance of the 43:
--- LMS' piece on the first anniversary of Ayotzinapa, published in Novara Media in Sept. 2015:
--- "Esperanza 43", a short documentary film with English subtitles which offers a glimpse into the fight for justice, dignity and memory of the relatives of the 43: http://goo.gl/OKHGyx

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This Event on FB: http://goo.gl/ed9D2Y