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May 7, 2015

Eurocaravan 43 Ayotzinapa: Your Struggle is Our Struggle! London May 19th

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  Eurocaravan 43 Ayotzinapa: Your Struggle is Our Struggle!  Events in London May 19th

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PUBLIC MEETING: https://www.facebook.com/events/680322468745978/

After almost 7 months of impunity, with more strength than ever, we repeat: they took them alive, we want them alive.

The Eurocaravan 43 of Ayotzinapa will end its journey through Europe to demand the return alive of their 43 classmates abducted by the Mexican government.

Join us to build international support on May 19th, 18:30 at the UCL main quad, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT. Your support is fundamental for millions of people. We need EVERYONE united!

Bring your words, bring your banners, bring your thirst for justice and freedom, bring your songs and creativity.

Omar García, a student who survived the attack, Eleucadio Ortega, father of missing student Mauricio Ortega Valerio, and Román Hernandez, a human rights defender from the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre in Guerrero, will be giving speeches to gather support and organize for greater democracy and accountability in Mexico and in the world.

They thought they could bury us, but they forgot that we are seeds.

Other events include:

09.00 to 11.00 A meeting about ‘Promoting Human Rights in Mexico.’ Human rights organisations and other relevant NGOs or academic institutions are welcome to attend.
Venue: The Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House (First Floor), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

11.15 to 13.00 Media conference with the three caravan members from Mexico speaking.
Venue: The Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House (First Floor), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

14.00 to 16.00 ‘Ayotzinapa in the UK’ – a meeting of Mexico solidarity groups and collectives to discuss how to better work together with human rights defenders in Mexico.
Venue: UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

16.15 to 18.00 ‘Your Struggle, Our Struggle’ – a chance for grassroots collectives across London to meet with the caravan. This will be a chance to build strong connections between our movements.
Venue: UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Other ways in which you can support:

You can also support caravan with donations at http://www.gofundme.com/th7f6bg

Wherever you are, you can post on our web pages pictures expressing your solidarity and using the hashtags #WereallAyotzinapa #2015MexicoUK #FueElEstado #Eurocaravana43:

Basic information:

On 26 September 2014, a group of students from the rural school Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, were brutally attacked by local police forces and the Mexican Army. That night, the police shot two students dead. The next day, a third student was found dead with signs of torture and his face flayed. That night, 43 students were forcefully disappeared, abducted by the Mexican government, who has tried to close the case. Yet, their families, classmates and the Mexican society are still looking for them, and will never give up their search.

The Mexican State authorities are trying to wash their hands of the crime and to close the case. They presented an investigation suggesting that the bodies of the students were burned, blaming organized crime responsible, and calling it an isolated case of corruption. However, forensic teams question the results of the investigation, international human rights organizations complain that it was biased and incomplete, and highlight that the crimes of Iguala happened in a context of generalized disappearances, many of which are enforced disappearances.

Ayotzinapa awakened  Mexican society and revealed to the world the reality lived in our country. In one of the worst economic crises in Mexico, more than 130,000 people have been violently killed, an unknown number of communities displaced, and more than 23,000 disappeared, along with torture and racism, unjustified imprisonment, extra-judicial killings, increased militarization, police brutality, exploitation, poverty, suppression of peaceful protest. State and corporate corruption and collusion with organized Crime are the norm.

2015 has been labeled as the Year of Mexico & the UK. The Mexican government is using this opportunity to create a false image of Mexico, which ignores the human rights crisis currently taking place in this country. This false image is convenient for the United Kingdom and for UK based companies eager to find new areas of transnational investment, thus worsening the situation.

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