On September 26, teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico were intercepted by police forces en route to a protest in Iguala. In the ensuing clash, six people were killed and 43 Ayotzinapa students were taken away by the police. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.
The case has come to crystallize the outrage and frustration many Mexicans feel toward the state of justice and rule of law in the country. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students' parents. Demonstrations have increased in intensity nationwide, and recently led to government buildings in Guerrero to be set on fire.