The Mexican Army hid information about the 43 ‘normalistas’ disappeared in Guerrero


The Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case has published part of the relevant information provided by the Ministry of Defense with military communications made on September 26 and October 4, 2014, when the 43 ‘normalista’ students disappeared of Ayotzinapa.

These data confirm that the Mexican Army had undisclosed information since 2014, as reported by the families of the victims, and that they were not handed over despite a 2018 presidential decree that required it.

In the conversations, a commander of the Iguala police, Francisco Salgado Valladares, and the regional head of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos, Gilberto N., alias ‘El Gil’, narrate the kidnapping and movements of the young students of the Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos from Ayotzinapa.

In the first document, the policeman explains that they have several “ayotzinapos” detained and ‘El Gil’ asks him to “pass some” to him and that he will pick them up on the road to Pueblo Viejo. “Ok, there are 21 people on the bus that is going to leave,” replies the agent. “I already loose them, put batteries on the beds,” he adds. The policeman assures that he has another 17 in “the cave” and ‘El Gil’ replies: “yes, give me all the detainees.”

The second conversation, dated October 4, is between Alejandro Palacios, alias ‘Cholo’ Palacios, and Ramón, whom a possible police officer from the municipality of Tepecoacuilco, Guerrero.

‘El Cholo’ says that they have just found a clandestine grave in Pueblo Viejo and Ramón responds: “Some 28 opened his mouth.” ‘El Cholo’ then mentions that ‘El Gil’ had already had all his graves found and Ramón agreed: “Yes, that’s what I’m seeing.”

Ramón adds: “And yesterday I told you that they were asking Gil for a line. They wanted them to let them go, even if it was 10 as they were so that they could calm down a bit.” Later on, he says: “Cholo, where do you have it?”

After the dissemination of these transcripts, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, one of the organizations that accompanies the relatives of the 43 ‘normalistas’ disappeared in Iguala in legal representation, has indicated that as members of the Commission they did not support the publication because it represents a “risk” as it is an investigation that is still open.

However, he stressed that this information confirms “that the Army withheld information since 2014 and that it continued to administer it after, by presidential decree, in December 2018 it was imposed the obligation to hand over to the civil authorities all the elements it had on the particular “.

“These are illegal communications interventions carried out by the Army, their origin must be fully clarified,” added the Center for Human Rights.

The 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School, in the state of Guerrero, disappeared at dawn on September 27, 2014 in the neighboring municipality of Iguala during a protest against local authorities.

The first official version was that they were surprised by the Los Rojos criminal organization, as part of a settling of accounts between rival groups, and that the hitmen killed and cremated them and disposed of their remains in the Cocula garbage dump, facts later refuted by a new investigation.

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