Jan 5, 2012

Human Rights Violations - Guerrero Students: Police altered the scene after clash with student teachers

An important development in the investigations into the deaths of the Guerrero education students. See our summary of events. Translated by MexicoBlog

Milenio: The president of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Raul Plascencia, said the police officers involved in the operation against  students  from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, on December 12, altered the facts at the scene. He went on to say that a subpoena is being considered for the federal Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna and authorities that were responsible for the implementation of this operation.

In meeting this afternoon with students from the rural normal school, he indicated that there are also signs of torture and beating of students that were applied not only to contain the demonstration but also to injure them.  Also, the lack of training of the police elements, and their use of  inappropriate equipment, such as pistols and rifles, to contain the students needs to be understood.

In front of the young students he committed himself to carrying out an investigation in which it can be concluded who was responsible for the attack, and what was outside the exicsiting protocols for containing demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Pablo Juarez, spokesperson for the committee of students, said they will await the results of the preliminary report to be made known next week by the National Commission in order to evaluate the work of the commission. He reiterated that the students were not in dialogue with the governor of Guerrero, Angel Aguirre, because it is through him that the death of two students occurred.

He stressed that students are not responsible for the death of the gas station worker, Gonzalo Rivas, that it was the work of agitators, but the governor has used his death as a campaign against the school.

The spokesman for the student committee of the normal school also demanded of the ombudsman an impartial investigation of the facts and said they will wait for the report to determine if they are satisfied or not with the work of the CNDH." Spanish original

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