Fires ignited at state and federal governing buildings during protests after Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam announced that 43 missing Ayotzinapa students were most likely killed and bodies set on fire to eliminate any evidence of DNA by the Guerreros Unidos in conjunction with corrupt Cocula and Iguala municipal police.
By H. Nelson Goodson
November 9, 2014
Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico - On Sunday, hundreds of students and protesters ignited six vehicles in front of the state governing building in Chilpancingo in reaction to Friday's news conference by Mexican Federal Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam. Karam announced that confessions from Jhonathan Osorio Gómez, aka, "El Jona," Agustín García Reyes, aka, "El Chereje" and Patricio Reyes Landa, aka, "El Pato," three members of the criminal organization Guerreros Unidos (GU) indicated that the 43 Ayotzinapa missing students were killed and their bodies burned to eliminate any DNA to identify the bodies. Black plastic trash bags with asses and fragments of human bones were recovered from the San Juan River where they were dumped after the murders and incineration of the bodies.
On Saturday, thousands of students and protesters calling for justice gathered at the Zócalo main square in Mexico, D.F. and set fire to the main door of the Mexican National Palace governing buiding by tossing molotov bombs in reaction to Karam's belief that the 43 Ayotzinapa students had been killed by the GU with the help of Iguala and Cocula municipal corrupt police officers and with the knowledge of both Iguala Mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez and Cocula Mayor César Miguel Peñaloza Santana. Abarca Velázquez was ousted by state government officials.
Guerrero Governor Ángel Heladio Aguirre Rivero resigned in October after learning his political PRD party was moving to oust him as well.
The protesters are calling for all the current federal legislators and President Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) to resign in wake of mass murders without justice, corruption and coverup of what the protesters are calling the EPN narco-goverment distatorship.
The parents of the 43 Ayotzinapa missing students say, that until the federal government can prove that their son's have been murdered by DNA confirmation, they will continue to hope that they are still alive.
Karam on Friday said, the federal investigation has arrested 74 suspects and 10 others are being sought in connection with the massacre of the students.
Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado, the leader of the GU and Salomón Pineda, aka, "El Molón" have been arrested. Salgado ordered his men to killed the 43 students, according to some of the suspects in custody.
Cocula Mayor César Miguel Peñaloza Santana was also arrested in connection with the missing students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos school in Ayotzinapa.
On Thursday, Abarca Velázquez, the former Mayor of Iguala was charged with multiple federal counts for murder, kidnapping and organize crime along with his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa for the September 26-27 murders of six people, including 4 students, 25 injured students and with the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students. Abarca Velázquez and Pineda Villa are facing between 90 to 190 years in prison, if convicted on all counts.
Both Abarca Velázquez and Pineda Villa were taken into custody by Federal Police in a modest home on Tuesday in Mexico, D.F. where they had been hiding in the Tenorios neighborhood in Iztapalapa district.
Noemí Berumen Rodríguez was also taken into custody and has been charged with harboring both Abarca Velázquez and Pineda Villa who were wanted on federal warrants. Rodríguez has been released on bail.
Abarca Velázquez was paid in bribes between $2M to $3M pesos ($15K to $230K U.S.) monthly by the GU, which Pineda Villa's family was involved and operated.
While being questioned by the federal prosecutor's office for organized crime, both Abarca Velázquez and Pineda Villa did not reveal the whereabouts of the missing students.
Abarca Velázquez has been also charged with the 2013 homicide of Arturo Hernández Cardona. He is accused of personally killing Cardona, the leader of the United Popular organization from Guerrero in late May to early June 2013, according to a notarized affidavit from Nicolás Mendoza who witnessed the cold blooded murder by Abarca Velázquez. Abarca Velázquez shot Cardona in the face and chest while saying "I'm going to have the pleasure of killing you" as Felipe Flores Velázquez, Iguala's Secretary of Public Safety watched, according to Mendoza. Félix Rafael Bandera Román and Ángel Román Ramírez were also killed. Román attemped to escape and was fatally shot and Ramírez tried to run from another location where the remaining five kidnapped victims were taken to be executed. The victims had been tortured and beaten for several days. Abarca Velázquez and Flores Velázquez were never charged for the murders in 2013 until last October. Flores Velázquez remains at large and is wanted by both the federal and the state of Guerrero.
Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office (PGRF) is offering $111K U.S. ($1.5M pesos) for each missing student or $4.7M U.S. ($64.5M pesos) for information leading to the whereabouts of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa.
Twenty-six alleged protesters on Saturday were arrested at or near the Zócalo square, according their attorneys. They were identified as;
1. Moises Castillo
2. David Geovani Hernández Cedillo
3. Karina Cárdenas Chávez
4. Alberto Reséndiz Chávez
5. Zedric Cruz
6. Arturo Reséndiz
7. David Hernández Chavarría
8. Víctor Alexis Cruz Díaz
9. Luis Andrés Villegas Esparza
10. Ramón González
11. Axel de Jesús Guzmán González
12. Ramón González Hernández
13. Juan Francisco Manrique Huerta
14. Ismael Huerta
15. Gabriel Karam
16. Omar Emilio López Linares
17. Ricardo Karam Moreno
18. Jesús Josué Correa Montes
19. Eric Gutiérrez N.
20. José Reza
21. José Juan Sánchez
22. Juan Carlos Flores Soto
23. Aurelio López Torres
24. Jessica López Torres
25. Ángel Yáñez Villegas
26. Jesús Villegas
Three of those arrested were later released.