Nationwide Ayotzinapa Vigils Drawing Attention to U.S. Role in Mexico


Josue Rivas / OC Weekly
“Your pain is our pain.”

The story of 43 missing Mexican students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero refuses to disappear, as their whereabouts still remain a mystery more than two months after local police clashed with them on September 26. Anger continues to fuel protests in Mexico against the government over corruption, violence and ties to narcos. And on this side of the border, activists are holding their own rallies and bringing attention to the cause.

Now comes a coordinated nationwide effort: #USTired2, in which activists in 43 cities (including SanTana) will light a candle this Wednesday and tell the story of the 43. The national day of action demands an end to the U.S. funding of the Mexican government through the Mérida Initiative, also known as Plan Mexico.
“Our government is the primary political patron of the rogue and universally repudiated administration of Enrique Peña Nieto,” says San Francisco-based #USTired2 lead organizer Roberto Lovato. The hashtag takes its cue from Mexicans turning their Attorney General’s infamous “Ya me cansé” (“I’m tired of this”) comments regarding press questions about the Ayotzinapa disappearances into a rallying call.
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