Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico

Situating Ayotzinapa Toronto — 18 March 2015. On September 26, 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College were attacked by police and gunmen in the town of Iguala. Three were killed, dozens injured and 43 student-teachers were taken away, never to be seen again. This atrocity is part of a landscape of violence and impunity carried … Watch video »

Situating Ayotzinapa

Toronto — 18 March 2015.

On September 26, 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College were attacked by police and gunmen in the town of Iguala. Three were killed, dozens injured and 43 student-teachers were taken away, never to be seen again. This atrocity is part of a landscape of violence and impunity carried out through alliances among elements of the Mexican state and organized crime. In response, a national movement of resistance has emerged. This panel of experts on contemporary Mexico explores the context surrounding these events including the rise of drug violence, long standing popular movements among teachers and students, meaningful democracy, and the links between powerful interests in licit and illicit industries.

Moderated by Carlota McAllister. Presentations by:

  • Jo Tuckman is a freelance journalist who has been based in Mexico for the past 15 years, publishing primarily in The Guardian.
  • Luis Hernandez is the Opinion editor and a weekly columnist with La Jornada, a leading progressive national newspaper in Mexico.
  • Maria de la Luz Arriaga Lemus has been a professor in the Faculty of Economics at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) for 38 years.

The forum was sponsored by: Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).