November 10, 2014
The grim horror of the case of 43 missing student teachers continues to unfold. The remains discovered in a mass grave, initially believed to be those of the students from Ayotzinapa, admittedly murdered at the behest of the state, actually belong to other victims.
What now? Will President Peña Nieto reopen the “search” for the missing students?
· #YaMeCanse — the people are beyond tired of the corrupt Mexican government. But what can be done?
· With widespread outrage and nowhere to turn in the treacherous regime, now is the time for a national front against impunity. It is time for a government of the workers and oppressed, without bosses and capitalist parties.
· Down with the Narco-Government – For the resignation of Peña Nieto
· Neither the PRI nor the PAN nor PRD
· We call for the formation a National Committee empowered to organize the national strike on November 20. Such a committee could include elected and recallable representatives of the autodefensas, independent trade unions, and workers, educators, farmers, community and student organizations.
· We support self-defense formations under the control of democratic organizations in struggle, including labor organizations, to stop the institutional and paramilitary violence.
· We advocate breaking all covenants with US imperialism, a major root cause of the violence in Mexico.
· To this end, we support a full investigation, including criminal charges, against the operators of the Fast and Furious program, a project of the U.S. Department of Justice that introduced high-powered weapons to Mexico.
On Friday November 7th the Mexican federal government decided to put an end to the “search” for missing Ayotzinapa students. In a press conference, the government informed viewers that all the students were killed by gunmen in the state of Guerrero. The head of the Attorney General’s Office made special emphasis that the human remains were burned under heavy fire and thrown into a river, reduced to virtually unidentifiable ashes. The entire narrative is based solely on the alleged confession of the perpetrators.
The timing of this official revelation coincided with the departure of President Peña Nieto to the APEC and G-20 summits – a tour of China and Australia. Convenient, at a time when he would rather not show his face.
The government, as denounced by International Amnesty for Latin America, avoided referring to the slaughter in terms of a state crime, and also waived political responsibility from the ruling parties at all levels of government: from local (PRD) to national (PRI). Other lines of investigation remained unexplored, such as determining the role played by the army, which has a military base in the region of Iguala.
In the final analysis, the slaughter in Ayotzinapa is the an outcome of 30 years of neoliberal policies, including those of the Pact for Mexico, which serve to subordinate the country to imperialist dictates: including the war on drugs. The result has been a political and social decomposition of the whole regime. It is no coincidence that he first neoliberal government reform of the Peña Nieto presidency was precisely the education reform. This reform eliminated automatic job placement within the national public education system, formerly an opportunity guaranteed to graduates of teaching programs in Mexico, seeking to begin their teaching careers and serve the common good. The students from Ayotzinapa were struggling precisely for those post-graduation jobs. Another, subtextual goal of the education reform was to liquidate the power of teachers’ unions, particularly the CNTE, weakening them in their ongoing policy battles against the government regime.
Upon recovering the presidency in 2012, the PRI immediately announced the so-called “Pact for Mexico” – a common political agenda negotiated secretly by the PRI, PAN and PRD. This was one of the main reasons why the PRI carefully avoided proceeding with complaints of crimes by PRD elected officials in the state of Guerrero. First priority was to move the package of reforms for Pact for Mexico, signed by the same corrupt current New Left of the PRD responsible for the crimes of the Guerrero narco-government.
Political parties represent social classes, and MORENA, the party of López Obrador, is no exception. It’s as much a bourgeois organization as its parties of origin: the PRD and its predecessor, the PRI. They represent and rule according to the interests of the dominant class. This has been so since the origin of the PRD. Today MORENA is the same construction, designed to intercept the genuine democratic aspirations of the masses in their advance towards revolutionary and conclusions, squashing any aspirations away from capitalism and toward socialism. MORENA’s leader, López Obrador, has proved himself deeply untrustworthy by staying silent during Angel Aguirre’s recent cases of repression in the state of Guerrero. Obrador walked with Aguirre during his presidential campaign of 2012 in Guerrero, only resigning from the PRD when he lost the presidential election.
The huge movement fighting for the safe return of the missing students is demanding trial and punishment for all those responsible. Beyond this, a gargantuan challenge looms: determining the strategic steps needed to dismantle the repressive apparatus of the narco terrorist state, including the Armed Forces, the new National Gendarmeria, all the Federal, State and Municipal Police and paramilitary gangs of police and drug cartels. Also urgent: the unconditional release of Mireles and other autodefensa leaders who have been criminalized in order to contain their independent movement of community self-defense.
When the government so deeply betrays its populace, the order of the day is for the movement to build the power of regular people — workers, students, peasants, youth — in order to take the reins of the country. The surrender of Mexico must end — whether surrender to US and European imperialism, or to the other emerging imperialist powers such as China and Brazil.
The US role in the violence in Mexico is undeniable. The War on Drugs directed by the US government is the engine of corruption and violence that has plagued the country. An example of this criminal policy was exposed when some details were revealed about the weapons program “Fast and Furious,” concocted by the US Justice Department. This operation would allegedly investigate the flow of arms in the field by the crime cartels; however, the guns distributed had no integrated tracking devices at all. The operation was discovered only when a US agent was killed in Arizona, gunned down by one of the 2,000 high-powered weapons that the program had “let walk.” A similar exposure occurred around another operation involving parts of grenades. The reaction of the Mexican government has been a nothing but a timid request for explanations. More appropriate would be a full investigation and criminal charges against the operators of the Department of Justice of the United States, beginning with the outgoing Eric Holder.
Down with the Narco-Government – Ni PRI or PAN or PRD
Repeal all the neoliberal reforms
For a Worker, Peasant and Popular Government
LEFT PARTY – PARTIDO DE IZQUIERDA // United States
OIR – ORGANIZACIÓN DE IZQUIERDA REVOLUCIONARIA // Argentina