Demanding Action for Mexico’s 43 “Disappeared” Students

Apr 7, 2015

Santa Rosa is one of 9 California stops for the Caravana 43, which will continue up into the Pacific Northwest before heading for Washington D.C where they will join the two other touring groups for a final public appeal
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The 43 Mexican college students who disappeared last fall during a police assault on their demonstration in remembrance of a 1968 student massacre, have been declared dead by government officials, but their families dispute that. They’re now touring the United States to publicize the unresolved disappearance, and a group of them visited Sonoma County Tuesday.

Having the Caravana 43 delegation visit Santa Rosa and Sonoma State is a historic cross-cultural events, says Chicano and Latino Studies professor Ron Lopez, one that highlights troubling similarities between our two cultures.

Angel Ayala (second from left) is briefly overcome while speaking to students and others at Sonoma State Tuesday afternoon. He is flanked by his older brother on the right, and translator Emily Peterson, and two parents--father Estanislao Chocolate, and mother Blanca Velez on the left.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

   Six and a half months is a very long time to go with no word about her son’s fate or whereabouts, said Blanca Velez, and no satisfactory answers from authorities who have even offered financial settlements to some families—offers that have been uniformly rejected. In spite of all this, she continues to search, and to hold out hope for her Jorge’s eventual safe return.