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Ayotzinapa: Iguala Mexico and the 43 Missing Students— Poster of the Week

México Despierta / Mexico Wakes Up

Elmer Sosa

Digital Print, 2015



Poster Text:

Nos Hicieron Falta 43 Para Despertar..İAyotzinapa No Se Olvida! /

We Needed 43 To Awaken...Ayotzinapa Will Not Be Forgotten!

FINALLY! After years of lying and obfuscation, arrest warrants were issued

against 83 people involved in the 2014 disappearance and murder of 43

students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico.

The victims were student teachers from Escuela Normal Rural de

Ayotzinapa. They were enroute to Mexico City to commemorate the

estimated 400 student protesters who were slaughtered by the Mexican

Armed Forces in 1968 - known as the Tlatelolco Massacre. In 1968, as in

2014, the Mexican government lied about the events, attempting to cover up

government crimes. The first official investigation into the Tlatelolco

Massacre didn't begin until 30 years later. It "only" took eight years for

warrants to be served in the Ayotzinapa case.

Among those served warrants are a former public prosecutor, a former

attorney general, 20 military personnel, several military commanders, 5

administrative and judicial officials, 26 police officers and 14 members of the

Guerreros Unidos, a Mexican crime syndicate. Since 2014, The Truth

Commission, established by President López Obrador, and other

international agencies have investigated the deliberate cover-up effort of the

kidnappings which were riddled with factual inconsistencies and human

rights violations.

The cover-up efforts demonstrate that while local and federal agencies in

Iguala, Guerrero, where the kidnappings took place, may face some justice

in arrests, the truth behind the missing students is still far from known.

Mexican government authorities continu

e to obstruct justice, despite years

of protests by families f the disappeared and countless human rights


In response to the kidnappings, Francisco Toledo, internationally renowned

Mexican artist and founder of the Graphics Arts Institute of Oaxaca (IAGO),

put out a call to artists to make posters. More than 700 artists from around

the world responded, and 43 posters were selected for a traveling exhibition,

Carteles de Ayotzinapa. The exhibition opened in Mexico in 2015. The

posters were sold to raise money to help the families of the kidnapped


Angeles arts organizations to exhibit them: SPARC (Venice), Art Division

(Mid-City), and Self-Help Graphics (Boyle Heights). The U.S. premiere of

Ayotzinapa: Roar of Silence opened in February 2016. To view more

posters from IAGO and CSPG, visit the online exhibition here.



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