Mexico is in the midst of an internationally-ignored humanitarian crisis, with more than 24, 000 cases of state-perpetrated disappearances and kidnappings since 2006, and a most recent case of 43 missing students from the College of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.
Adding to these numbers, the lead-up to the Mexican legislative elections saw dozens of political assassinations and more than 70 kidnapping and extortion cases. Despite his and his party’s alleged complicity in these human rights violations, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) re-secured a majority in Congress in the Mexican legislative elections on June 7.
On that same day, families of the 43 missing students and other Mexicans took to the streets in several states in Southern Mexico and burned ballot boxes, as a way of disrupting these elections that were seen by many as a referendum on Peña Nieto and his political party.
CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian spoke with Andalusia Knoll, a freelance multimedia journalist based in Mexico City, and Dagoberto Acevedo, a member of the Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine, to get their take on what the future holds for the Mexican state and its people.