After a quick stop in Bolivia, BLU headed to Mexico where he recently painted this significant mural in Mexico DF.
Titled ‘Estado Asesino’ (Murder State) alluding to some suspicions that the government was behind the disappearance of 43 students in October last year.
On September 26, 2014 more than 100 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in Tixtla, Guerrero, travelled to Iguala, Guerrero, to hold a protest for what they considered discriminatory hiring and funding practices from the government. Their plan was to interrupt the annual DIF conference of María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, local President of the organization and the wife of Iguala mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez, but, on their way there, the students were intercepted by the Iguala municipal police force.
After the following shootout, eyewitnesses said that students were rounded up and forced into police vehicles. Once in custody, the students were taken to the police station in Iguala and then handed over to the police in Cocula where the deputy police chief César Nava González ordered his subordinates to transport the students to a rural community known as Pueblo Viejo and hand them over to members of the Guerreros Unidos (“United Warriors”), a criminal organization in Guerrero.
The mass disappearance of these 43 students marked the biggest political and public security crisis faced by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto drawing worldwide attention and leading to protests across Mexico, and of course international condemnation (Source).
There is no doubt who was behind this horrific act of violence and repression, and like BLU and the Mexican and international community we hope that this crime will not remain unpunished. Fue el Estado…
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