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September 26, 2014: 43 Students Disappear In Mass Kidnapping

The kidnappings led to unrest in cities and civilian attacks on government buildings and became a nationwide scandal in Mexico.

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Forty-three male students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, on September 26, 2014. Details of the mass kidnapping remain unclear to this day.

The students were thought to have commandeered buses to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of a 1968 massacre, but were intercepted by local police before a confrontation broke out. At some point, the students were handed over to the Gah-rreros Unidos crime syndicate and presumably killed, although motivations or an exact understanding of a sequence of events are still mysterious. Police later claimed Iguala's mayor and his wife were the masterminds behind the entire incident. The two fled from the city but were later arrested.

The kidnappings led to unrest in cities and civilian attacks on government buildings and became a nationwide scandal.

Months later, plastic bags with various body parts were found. A mass grave was also discovered near Iguala. Reports indicated that the bodies had been tortured and burned alive.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights investigated the situation in 2015 and debunked a lot of the government’s claims on the matter. The Mexican government responded by committing to more investigations in the future.

Pictured above: A group of students from the teacher training college of Ayotzinapa throw eggs at the Attorney General's Office on August 25, 2017, in Mexico City, during a protest by relatives and friends of 43 missing students.

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