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Here are 2 tragedies with many doubts

Iguala needs to be resolved; the Egypt attack needs to be protested

An issue that seems to have captured the public’s attention is the ever-more heated discussion about the conclusions reached by the experts from the Interdisciplinary Commission on the case of the missing students from Ayotzinapa.


Those results satisfied no one and received an immediate rebuttal from a different group of experts, particularly because they failed to offer an alternative theory of the location of the students’ remains.

It has been also suggested that the ombudsman of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the antagonistic Emilio Álvarez Icaza, might be a conflict of interest. According to that organization’s own rules, an ombudsman cannot recommend an investigation of his own country. This would de facto invalidate the Ayotzinapa investigative commission.

The arrest of “El Cabo Gil” of the Guerreros Unidos could well shine a light on many of the puzzles in this case, as he allegedly ordered the capture, murder and even the cremation of the students. All this was apparently ordered that fateful Iguala night one long year ago by the leader of the cartel, Sidronio Casarrubias.

As few events have, this case has seriously damaged the credibility of the Mexican government. It should be resolved soon.

There’s another, faraway tragedy that also poses profound doubts, the unexpected attack on an innocent group of tourists in the Egyptian desert by military forces deployed on land and air. The attack killed eight and injured six more compatriots during a recreational excursion aboard a convoy of trucks.

The trip was arranged through a travel agency and led by a widely experienced native guide. The deepest doubts surround the travel agency: did it file the right documentation and have the appropriate permissions for the route, necessary to warn the army they were entering an apparent terrorist conflict zone?


There’s also a discussion about the vans and if they were appropriately identified and marked as tourist transportation.

The air- and land-based attacks were brutal, ruining the vehicles and damaging the bodies to the extreme that the only means of identifying them was genetic.

Whatever the reason for the attack, its result was the death of innocent people. Our authorities must be adamant in their protest against the Egyptian government and in its travel recommendations to all those who were planning to visit that country, apparently still involved in a very dangerous conflict.

Armando González is a journalist and broadcaster who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. 

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  • Güerito


    • Beau

      LOL… the nerve, right?

  • Wellen Dowd

    why would the Mexican government care to insist on a real investigation of the murder of mexican tourists when the Mexican government itself is involved in the coverup and inept investigation, border lining on cover up, of the missing 43 students. lets face it. the Mexican government is complicit in most of Mexicos disappeared. perhaps not directly, but through their continued incompetence and corruption. EVERYONE knows the police and military and government officials are corrupt and cannot be trusted. NO ONE calls the police when they are in trouble. they are as dangerous as the criminals, in fact they are criminals most of the time. and yet the Mexican government lives in a vacuum and does nothing. there is only one reason for doing nothing in such an important matter…complicity.

    • Dan Tucker

      I disagree on one point, Wellen. . . . People with money here in Mexico can call the pólice, and when they pay them enough, the pólice will do what they want. But, the poor, like me, do not ever call the pólice. You are right about that . . . .

      • Wellen Dowd

        I completely agree. That said the police are often complicit in the kidnapping of the rich. No one wins when corruption is endemic. I spend much time in Mexico in Mexico City and if there is one constant it is the corruption which allows all other evils to flourish. I wonder when the people will have enough.

  • Güerito

    From the article just put up here on the meeting between EPN and the parents of the normalistas:

    “Also on the government’s list was the statement that the case is not closed, the recommendations of the experts group commission by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission will be incorporated into the investigation and that that group would stay on for another six-month term.”

    Doesn’t sound like the experts report has been “invalidated” by “a conflict of interest,” now does it?

    And keeping the case open has all long been one of the main requests of the student’s families, even after former Mexican Attorney General Murillo Karam slammed it shut. It’s also the recommendation of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and this latest group with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

    But we’ll have to see if anything really comes of it.