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lunes, 8 de diciembre de 2014

From social depression to social pressure


On Monday November 24 at eight in the evening,, Liliana Morales Flores left school. Minutes later, while walking down the street toward her house with two friends from middle school, she was kidnapped. Two guys suppressed her and took her away in a van. The incident occurred in Cuautitlan Izcalli, Estado de México. Eight days later, last December 2, in the neighboring municipality of Tultitlán, the body of Liliana was found. She was 12 years old. The murder remains unpunished.

The federalized middle school 21 "José María Velasco" is located at Miguel Hidalgo street, in Cuautitlan Izcalli. In the afternoon shift there are six groups of first grade, 256 students, of which, at the beginning of the school year, 121 were women. Now one of them is gone, but 120 still remain and they are all in risk.

691 (+300)

Type "Masacres en México": Wikipedia does not offer an article, but a category!: 15 entries and a subcategory, "Masacres en Guerrero," which itself contains five entries. Of the total number of referred events, eight happened from 2010 to nowdays. Even when in these cases the Allende (Coahuila) massacre is not consider, which meant the kidnaping and murder of 300 people, the number of human killed ascends to 691.


Wikipedia does not include in the category "Massacres in Mexico" the fire at the ABC Nursery. In this episode, occurred in October 2009 in Hermosillo, Sonora, 49 children aged between four months and five years of age died. Unlike what happened with the Allende case, the tragedy at the ABC Nursery was reported by the mass media, however, the event did not cause the social clamor in which we live in Mexico today. 


Why the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa’s students detonated this critical awareness of Mexican society? Are there any new ingredients or was it simply the drop that spilled the cup?


Transparency International released a few days ago its Corruption Perceptions Index 2014. The Index measures in 175 countries how people perceive the degree of corruption in the public sector. Mexico is not only the worst scored country between the 34 OCDE, but also it reports more corruption than countries like Gabon, Egypt, Peru and Zambia. The score could have been worse, much worse, since the index only covers the situation until this June, hence, it does not consider the First Lady’s "White House” scandal, the cancellation of the contract for the high-speed Mexico -Querétaro train and the human rights and law enforcement crisis that has been evidenced since the night of September 26.


Mexico City, Balderas’s metro station. Subway doors open: hasty, a large herd of people leaves / eager, the other bunch spreads back inside the wagon. With newcomers there is a boy in his twenties: he adjust his headset microphone and begins his preaching as soon as the subway starts moving: Friends, Señoras y Señores, we continue promoting actions of collective awareness, bringing the people information so you can decide and act in your own interests ... The tiny speaker he is carrying on his back works well and we all can hear his argument: the #YoSoy132 was a very strong youth movement, but it could not ruffle Peña Nieto, why is the #YaMeCansé now shaking the system? Afterwards he provides for 15 pesos, or whatever you can cooperate with, a DVD in which he says, the CIA involvement in the student movement of 1968 is documented. Before distributing his merchandise among several buyers, he concludes: Peña flirted way too much with the Chinese and the US Empire is not liking that...


Since November 7, when the Attorney General of the Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam, said he was tired (that he have had enough), the #YaMeCansé hashtag peaked as number one trending topic in Mexico. An unusual phenomenon on Twitter: for over 27 days the hashtag remained in the top three, except for a few hours on a couple occasions (a football game and the death of Chespirito, the famous comedian), labeling more than 3.6 million tweets. On December 4 an army of bots managed to get the hashtag out of the TT, but the response of the Twitter community was swift, and less than 12 hours after the attack, #YaMeCansé2 was placed at the top of Mexico’s trending topics. More than statements of fatigue, what we have seen is a parade of voices screaming we have had enough, along with a lot of accumulated anger and frustration.  #YaMeCansé of violence. #YaMeCansé of impunity. #YaMeCansé of corruption.

43 and 1

On Friday morning, December 5, El Barzón, a national movement of peasants and bank debtors, organized a convoy of 43 tractors, one for each missing normalista, that left El Ángel de la Independencia to the offices of the Ministry of Interior in Bucareli. I'm sure this event is less important than what happened that same day in Cuautitlan Izcalli. About 600 residents of different neighborhoods, supported by students of the FES Cuautitlan (UNAM), blocked the Mexico-Queretaro highway to demand justice for the murder of our middle school student: 42 ... 43 ... and now 44, Liliana !, justice, justice for Liliana!

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