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Legalization for All Network statement on mass killing of Mexican students

By staff |
November 9, 2014
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Legalization for All (L4A) Network. Normalista refers students at a "normal school" or teaching college.

Solidarity from the North with the Normalista, rural teachers and students

On the other side of the border, we felt the sadness, the anger and the rage when we heard the news of what had occurred on the weekend of September 26th. We send our most heartfelt condolences to the families of our Normalist comrades who were gunned down by the cowards in uniforms and condolences to those who were kidnapped by the same criminals who gunned down the others.

We are part of the Legalization for All (L4A) Network, which includes young students who ourselves are Mexican immigrants. Here in the country of The North, we have dedicated our lives to social justice, to fight for equality, our human rights, and in the fight to better our living conditions. Because of this we feel the need to stand with and support the young Normalistas and the people of the state of Guerrero as you all fight for your own justice.

Guerrero comrades, know that your compatriots in the U.S. are with you all. While the cowardly attack against our Normalista comrades fills us with sadness and rage, we are also filled with hope as we see the people taking to the streets and that the mobilization of the people is only growing. After all we remember the honorable Guerreran tradition of resistance against the repressive state of Mexico. Your spirit for battle against this tragedy is as inspiring as Lucio Cabañas had coming back to life. The state of Guerrero and your spirit is in our hearts and in The North we support your demands.

It is also important to remember history of the repression against students of Mexico always being supported by the government of the United States. From the massacre of Tlatelolco, of Oct. 2 1968, which recently reached its 46th year anniversary, and Iguala, to today the students have organized themselves to fight against the neo-liberal politics which are now embodied by Mexican President Peña Nieto. The war against drugs in Mexico is also a result of the political relationship between the U.S. and Mexico and we should remember the plan of Mérida, which has been taking the lives of hundreds of thousands (more than 121,000 from 2007 to 2012). The war on drugs and transnational plunder (neo-liberalism) are what primarily causes the massive migration of Mexicans crossing the border in search of a better life.

By this means we would also like to admonish that other pro-immigrant organizations in the U.S. to show their support for the noble fight led by the valiant Normalist students. L4A is in solidarity with the people of Guerrero, may they find true justice. To victory!