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Clear and Shallow Waters

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By: Charles B.
Published: March, 2015

The last quarter of 2014 has been a nightmare for the Mexican government due to turmoil in both domestic and external fronts. A tragic chapter was uncovered after 43 students disappeared in the town of Iguala. It turns out that municipal authorities were on a drug gang’s payroll; the students were arrested and probably killed. State authorities remained passive until social pressure forced the governor to resign; the federal government then had to take charge of public safety. Municipal and state authorities did not belong to the same party as Mexico´s president, but his government has been blamed for not acting against Iguala’s mayor, despite previous elements of criminal activity. It remains to be explained why these students traveled 200 kilometers to demonstrate in Iguala, and why the drug gang reacted so violently against them.

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