Dispatches from Mexico: Human Rights Commission to Visit Military Headquarters

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Jan. 15. 2015 (MEXICO) There are a couple significant developments with the Mexican crisis. According to La Jornada, the Mexican Human Rights Commission will be allowed to visit the headquarters of the 27th Infantry Battalion in Iguala, Guerrero. This, according to the Interior Secretary Angel Osorio Chong, is to try to defuse the increasing mistrust in the armed forces and the federal government.

Chong stated: “There is an interest to mislead or make the army part of this, as well as federal officials, in the Iguala events. The Government of the Republic rejects these allegations that have no basis against the army.”

This is an attempt by the Feds to reduce the growth in distrust of the official storyline. Investigative reporting has put a few seeds into fertile ground about the role of the government. The main story ran in Proceso, but requires a subscription, so giving a link to a good summery.

The second major development was the charging of the former Mayor of Iguala, who faces charges for participating in organized crime, kidnaping of seven people and murder of one.

The Federal prosecutors consider Abarca de “intellectual author of six deaths and the 43 disappearances that took place Sep. 26.” The legal process that starts is for these crimes.

Analysis:

While under civilian control the armed forces in Mexico rarely open military facilities to civilians. So this only betrays how much ground the suspicions have gained. As far as we can tell the trust in the official story is nowhere to be found.

There have been major confrontations, including outside the headquarters of the 27th Infantry Battalion in Iguala, Guerrero. Moreover, the last few months have also witnessed shootings in the Tierra Caliente between the Autodefensas and the Cartels, in particular the Knights Templar.

What is confusing to us is that the Abarca’s wife is still under preventive custody, but there are no charges against her. This seems truly as an attempt by the federal government to regain some sort of control over the storyline.

Mexico, and her history, will likely be written as before Iguala and after Iguala. The tension in the society that were present, continue to not just bubble up, bot boil over. This is an electoral year, and we expect it to be full of surprises and unexpected events.

Nadin Abbott holds a Master Degree in Mexican History from San Diego State University.

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