When a German regulatory agency gave permission for the export of 9,000 assault rifles to Mexico between 2006 and 2009, it did so with the stipulation that they not be made available in four states: Guerrero, Jalisco, Chiapas and Chihuahua.
Now it turns out that the weapons — G36 assault rifles made by Heckler & Koch — have shown up in the hands of police in both Guerrero and Chihuahua, and in the case of the former it appears they might have been used twice on students of the Ayotzinapa teacher training college.
The digital magazine Sin Embargo reported earlier this year that photos taken during a 2011 confrontation between state police and students, who were protesting for improvements to school facilities and more funding, show the police carrying the German guns.
Two students died in that altercation.
Then in Chihuahua German television footage revealed that state police were using the same gun, according to Sin Embargo’s report.
This week a German newspaper revealed that 36 G36 rifles were discovered by prosecutors among the munitions of the Iguala municipal police, and were presumably used during the attack on Ayotzinapa students on September 26, where six people were killed, 25 wounded and 43 disappeared.
The newspaper Tages Zeitung TAZ obtained a copy of documentation prepared by the Guerrero state attorney general’s office, which listed the armaments found in the possession of Iguala police.
Sin Embargo points out that the German stipulation against the rifles being used in certain regions is illogical given the conditions of violence that exist throughout Mexico. Furthermore, because of corruption and links between organized crime and government officials, arms can change hands and move between regions quickly and easily.
Meanwhile, an organization that analyzes crime in Latin America points to the possibility that the Guerreros Unidos gang had access to weapons on the black market, and supplied them to Iguala police.
InSight Crime says holes have already been identified in Germany’s monitoring system, which have helped facilitate black market weapons trade.
If the gang did supply the guns to the police it would indicate more than a “deep integration” between the two: that the gang actually ran the police force.
Source: Sin Embargo (sp)