The event, involving musicians, writers, dance groups, civil-society organizations, and 43 different poets, marked seven months since the forced disappearance of the Ayotzinapa student teachers.
Miguel Álvarez Gándara, president of peace-building NGO Serapaz, described the ongoing search for the students as “crucial for all of Mexico” and demanded that the students be found alive.
Meanwhile, in the capital of Guerrero State, Chilpancingo, a group led by relatives of the students marched on the regional Congress. Led by a vehicle with a sound system, they chanted slogans such as “You took them alive, we want them alive.”
“This is what they wanted, for us to only be a few continuing the struggle on foot seven months later.”
Nevertheless, the demonstration turned violent at the end, after marchers clashed with police. Several threw stones at the Congress building and tore down its gates, while others set fire to trucks parked in the area, triggering riot police to disperse the protests with tear gas.
The disappearance of the students on September 26 — believed to be at the hands of a group of narco-traffickers and corrupt local and even federal police — has shaken Mexican politics and society. Multiple protests in the country and around the world have called for answers in the case.
The parents of the young people have reported on several occasions mistrusting the Mexican government, as well the official investigation into the case, which has only been able to confirm the death of one of the 43 so far.
In New York, a protest marched on the United Nations to demand greater clarity over the disappearances under the hashtag #Ayotzinapa7Meses (#Ayotzinapa7Months), mirrored by marches in other major cities worldwide.