Amnesty International says worried about aggression against Ayotzinapa parents
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday expressed concern about Sunday's attacks against relatives of the 43 of Ayotzinapa and normalist students (teachers) by police in the Mexican state of Chiapas, which left five people injured, two seriously.
In a statement, AI described the deployment of force in Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas, as incomprehensible, against the students and parents of the disappeared in 2014 who travel through Mexico to demand justice.
"We have learned that during the deployment of state security forces acts of aggression were carried out that affected the physical integrity and the right to peaceful assembly of the mothers and fathers of the 43 missing youths," denounced the executive director of Amnesty International in Mexico, Tania Reneaum.
The organization recalled that the mothers and fathers of the 43 normalist students of Ayotzinapa were preparing to participate in a series of meetings scheduled at the Normal Rural Mactutzá Chiapas school on Sunday.
Amnesty called on the Chiapas government to guarantee the integrity of the participants in the caravan that visits that state of southeastern Mexico and for an exhaustive investigation into the excessive use of force against fathers and mothers.
He said that, according to the information he has gathered about this event, Chiapas security forces used tear gas grenades and armored trucks in the operation.
"It is totally incomprehensible this deployment of force against relatives and students who travel the country to demand justice," AI said. He asked the Chiapas government to provide the medical attention required by all people injured during the assault, including a minor.
He also asked him to review his protocols for action and ensure that they comply with international standards for the use of force.
The mothers and fathers of the 43 of Ayotzinapa, who travel through various Mexican states as part of scheduled visits to normal rural schools in the country, expressed their rejection of the aggressions suffered when they were manifested in a crossing of two avenues of Tuxtla Gutierrez, in a point near the normal school Mactutzá.
One of the mothers said that her presence in Chiapas is due to a scale of the informative caravan that visits various points of Mexico as part of the requirements to the competent authorities for the clarification of the case of the disappearance of their children, which occurred in September of 2014.
“One of the activities already planned within the facilities of the normal Mactumactzá was being carried out when we were informed that the young people were being attacked by the preventive elements. We wanted to start a dialogue to stop the attacks, but we were also attacked with tear gas pumps, "he explained.
The mother, who asked to reserve her identity, reported that during the eviction with violence, women and children were injured, and that a young man of Ayotzinapa's normal, Juan Antonio Flores García, presents serious head injuries for which he is treated in a Tuxtla Gutierrez hospital.