The Missing 43: Mexico's Disappeared Students - Part 1
VICE News went to Guerrero, Mexico, to report on the protests that have erupted since the high-profile disappearance of 43 students who are now presumed dead.
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 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 to be dead.
The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public about the state of justice and the rule of law in their country. The events have galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students' parents. Nationwide demonstrations against the disappearance of the students the widespread corruption have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero being set on fire.
VICE News recently traveled to Guerrero, ground zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students, and met with survivors of the Iguala police attack.