Parents of 43 missing students reject President’s response to demands

A child stands underneath a banner showing the photographs of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers' training college. (Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)
A child stands underneath a banner showing the photographs of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers’ training college. (Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

By Lizbeth Diaz / Reuters

Parents of 43 Mexican students kidnapped and apparently massacred a year ago demanded a new probe into their fate on Thursday, accusing President Enrique Pena Nieto of ignoring their demands to solve a crime that has battered Mexico’s image.

The families asked the government to launch a new internationally supervised investigation and to review Mexico’s own investigators, after international experts cast doubt on Mexico’s official account of the incident.

In a meeting with families, Pena Nieto offered to set up a new unit in the attorney general’s office to search for disappeared persons.

But he stopped short of authorizing a new international probe or promising to review former-Attorney General Jesus Murillo and other officials’ involvement in the investigation for possible obstruction of justice, as the families had sought.

“I feel very hopeless because the government did not give us a response,” said Cristina Bautista, mother of one of the disappeared students. “From the experts we have gotten a lot, from Pena Nieto, nothing,” she said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/25/us-mexico-crime-idUSKCN0RP07J20150925

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