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A Massacre in Mexico
Anabel Hernandez

Paperback $29.99 - Bloomsbury
Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs - Published: 7/Jan/2019 - ISBN: 9781788735360

On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. During the journey, local police intercepted the students and a confrontation ensued. By the morning, they had disappeared without a trace.
Hern indez reconstructs almost minute-by-minute the events of those nights in late September 2014, giving us what is surely the most complete picture available- her sources are unparalleled, since she has secured access to internal government documents that have not been made public, and to video surveillance footage the government has tried to hide and destroy. Hern indez demolishes the Mexican state 's official version, which the Pena Nieto government cynically dubbed the historic truth . State officials at all levels, from police and prosecutors to the upper echelons of the PRI administration, conspired to put together a fake case, concealing or manipulating evidence, and arresting and torturing dozens of suspects who then obliged with full confessions that matched the official lie.
In the wake of the students ' disappearances, protestors in Mexico took up the slogan Fue el estado It was the state . Hern indez 's book is the one that gives most precision and credibility to the claim- by following the role of the various Mexican state agencies through the events in such remarkable detail, she allows to see exactly which parts of the state are responsible for which component of this monumental crime. Anabel Hern indez is one of Mexico 's leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement La Revista. Her previous books including the award winning Narcoland, La familia presidencial, Fin de fiesta en los pinos, and Los complices del presidente.
In awarding Hern indez the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers noted, Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with violence and impunity remaining major challenges in terms of press freedom. In making this award, we recognize the strong stance Ms. Hern indez has taken, at great personal risk, against drug cartels. The definitive account of the mass disappearance of 43 Mexican students and the government that tried to cover it up

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