“WHERE ARE MY PEOPLE” PROTESTS ARE THE UNDERLINING THEME AT THE 2016 MEXICAN DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK CITY

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By APB Staff Writer

 

September 2016, New York City: New York’s thriving Mexican community, along with locals and tourists celebrated the annual  Mexican Day Parade which took place on  Madison Avenue between 26th and 37th Streets in Manhattan.

However, though the festivities were peaceful, the an emotional protest was felt throughout the gathering over the Mexican government’s official account and possible cover-up of the disappearance of 43 Mexican college students back in September of 2014.

The protesters claim that the Mexican government has failed to adequately detail where the 43 Ayotzinapa students are; how their lives ended; and how the Mexican government should be held accountable.   

The students’ disappearance has significantly damaged the credibility of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Mexico’s criminal justice system. The missing students, who were studying to become teachers, took busses to travel from Iguala, Guerrero to a protest in Mexico City. Police shot at and arrested the students and consequently turned them over to a local drug cartel, which the government claims executed them.

At question is the possible relationship between the drug cartels, the local government authorities the Mexican federal authorities – but for now, the protests will continue.

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