The Shipwreck of the Mexican State

Chiapas Support Committee

THE SHIPWRECK OF THE MEXICAN STATE

 By Rafael Barajas and Pedro Miguel

Without drug money, the Mexican economy would collapse, which is why politics, economics and organized crime are entwined at the highest levels. That reality, underlying the students’ massacre, has led to a rare display of anger on Mexico’s streets.

Gold and silver plated guns with jewels, confiscated from cartel members in Mexico. Gold and silver plated guns with inset jewels, confiscated from cartel members in Mexico.

When a police force arrests 43 students and hands them over to organized crime, which kill them as a “lesson,” the police work for a narco-State that entwines organized crime and political power. The same police force also machine-gunned students, killing six and seriously wounding six more; it seized one student, tore the skin from his face, ripped out his eyes and left him lying in the street. This is a narco-State that practices terrorism.

These things happened in Iguala, the third-largest city in the state of…

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