Mexican community police groups keep organised crime away

Dozens of armed civilians patrol a mountainous area in southern Mexico’s Guerrero state to keep organised crime from taking root in one of the most violent areas in the country. Official figures show that more than 2,300 murders took place in 2017 and the community policing groups cropped up in a bid to protect local residents from violent gangs and other criminal groups.

The Bodies Of Missing People Are Rapidly Turning Up In Mexico (HBO)

For three years, Mario Vergara has ventured regularly into the hills of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, searching for the remains of his brother Tomás. Although he hasn’t located his brother, he’s found dozens of buried bodies—but this isn’t unusual—in fact, it’s only evidence of a much larger problem.

Vergara is part of a loose movement of buscadores, or searchers, who spurred to action after the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala. The students went missing after a confrontation with security forces in September, 2014 and the search for their remains resulted in the discovery of dozens of other bodies buried in mass graves.

The case of the 43 blew the cover off the epidemic of forced disappearances in Mexico, where more than 32,000 people are estimated to be missing. It’s only one symptom of a series of deeply entrenched issues.

In Mexico, the vast majority of crimes go unpunished, countless government officials participate in organized crime, and the police and military have been deployed in massive numbers in an ostensible fight against the cartels. The result is a country where thousands of heavily armed men — be they private actors or agents of the state — can kill with impunity.

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Talking Heads: The Murder of the Young in Mexico

VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In this episode, Alma Guillermoprieto discusses her article “Mexico: The Murder of the Young,” in which she follows the story of 43 students from a teacher’s college in the Mexican state of Guerrero who disappeared last year at the hands of corrupt police and a local drug gang. She describes how the search for their bodies revealed that much of the state is a gravesite, and reflects on what distinguished this event from the many thousands of murders that preceded it.

VICE News sat down with Guillermoprieto to discuss how systemic corruption and an ill-conceived war on drugs has created an anarchic setting for indiscriminate violence in Mexico.

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A Body is Identified: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Dispatch 1)

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On December 7, Mexico’s Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam confirmed that human remains found in a river in Cocula, Guerrero, were those of Alexander Mora, one of the missing 43 Ayotzinapa students.

In our first dispatch about the case that has electrified Mexico, VICE News spoke with parents of the missing students, who are reluctant to accept the identification of one set of remains as evidence of a massacre of the other 42 students, as they continue to demand answers.

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Discovering a Mass Grave: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Excerpt)

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On September 26, students from the Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in Mexico en route to a protest in Iguala were intercepted by police forces. In the ensuing clash, six students were fatally shot and 43 were abducted. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire.

VICE News travels to Guerrero, ground-zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students. We meet with survivors of the Iguala police attack and parents of the missing students, accompany volunteer search parties, and watch as protests against the government and president reach boiling point.

Read “Mexican President’s Approval Ratings Fall In Wake of Missing Students Case” – http://bit.ly/1yqHkLv

Read “Ayotzinapa: A Timeline of the Mass Disappearance That Has Shaken Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1sJtnS4

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The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Extra Scene)

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On September 26, students from the Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in Mexico en route to a protest in Iguala were intercepted by police forces. In the ensuing clash, six students were fatally shot and 43 were abducted. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire.

VICE News travels to Guerrero, ground-zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students. We meet with survivors of the Iguala police attack and parents of the missing students, accompany volunteer search parties, and watch as protests against the government and president reach boiling point.

In this extra scene, VICE News travels with protesting students to the Palo Blanco toll booths connecting Chilpancingo and Acapulco, as they commandeer the booths in order to raise funds for future protests.

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Read “Mexican President’s Approval Ratings Fall In Wake of Missing Students Case” – http://bit.ly/1yqHkLv

Read “Ayotzinapa: A Timeline of the Mass Disappearance That Has Shaken Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1sJtnS4

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The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Full Length)

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On September 26, students from the Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in Mexico en route to a protest in Iguala were intercepted by police forces. In the ensuing clash, six students were fatally shot and 43 were abducted. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire.

VICE News travels to Guerrero, ground-zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students. We meet with survivors of the Iguala police attack and parents of the missing students, accompany volunteer search parties, and watch as protests against the government and president reach boiling point.

Check out “In Photos: Demonstrations for Missing Students Swell in Mexico and Across the World” – http://bit.ly/1uK1HgF

Check out “Officials Say the 43 Students Missing In Mexico Were Incinerated” – http://bit.ly/15I1shA

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An Uncertain Fate: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Part 3)

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On September 26, teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico were intercepted by police forces en route to a protest in Iguala. In the ensuing clash, six people were killed, and 43 Ayotzinapa students were taken away by the police. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire.

In the final episode, VICE News travels to Cocula, where another mass grave has been found, raising a new theory as to the fate of the 43 missing students, as protests in Mexico City against the president and government have reached boiling point.

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Check out “In Photos: The Ayotzinapa Normal School, Before and After the Disappearance of 43 Students” – http://bit.ly/1uK1HgF

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