Ayotzinapa Delegation Visits the University of Dayton (11/7/2016)

Ayotzinapa makes its presence felt at the University of Dayton where a delegation of parents and supporters of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students presented details of their case.

La Cartita --- This November will mark the 26th month since 43 Ayotzinapa students were disappeared by Mexican security forces in Iguala, Guerrero. Different delegations have traversed the United States hoping to raise and maintain awareness about the case as the Mexican governmet also mobilizes a public relations campaign through the financial press. Looking for legitimacy, the Mexican government has at times strategically deployed representatives to denounce Donald Trump, while the more pertinent questions regarding human rights are ignored.

As legal support grows for the parents of the 43, the parents themselves have taken a larger role in vocalizing the details of their struggle. Not only have they in the past been committed to non-violent resistance, but they also now take on a greater speaking role in university settings that are intimidating even for those formally trained within academia. The father of Cesar Manuel González Hernandez spoke eloquently about the details of their case and how the 43 families simply want the truth about the whereabouts of their children.

The image of Cesar Manuel Hernandez González vía Yo Soy 132 Londres

The University of Dayton's adminsitrators made their presence felt at the event. Pictured below are high ranking representatives of the various humanities and social science departments: the University of Dayton's Provost, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Dean of the Law School joined the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in a message of welcome and support. Camilo Perez Bustillo, pictured in the far right, was among the many who turned out to support the arrival of the Ayotzinapa Caravan for Truth and Justice. The Human Rights Center headed by Perez Bustillo at the University of Dayton has continuted to pledge their support to both Antonio Tizapa and Mario González Contreras ('Don Mario' as he is known by the pro human rights community), as well as to the rest of the future visits from the Ayotzinapa parents committee.

Deans, Professors and Administrators gathered around the parents of the 43 in a sign of solidarity photo: Semillas