Dia de Muertos celebrations express sadness, rage
10/31/2014 - 11/02/2014
The media in the US and México are covering the disappearance of 43 university students missing from the Mexican state of Guerrero. I think there should be more media coverage in the US since US policy is an integral part of the drug trafficking problem, not to mention the dangers reporters face in México. The story (and countless ones just like it) is complicated and I am certainly not of the authority to critique it well, but I also can't ignore it.
Reports indicate that drug traffickers have confessed to killing the students at the demand of a local elected official. The students were planning to demonstrate for more education funding in late September when they disappeared. Until this week there was speculation they might still be alive, but new reports tell a horrible, different story. Parents are still demanding DNA tests to verify the remains recently found are of their children.
During Mexico City's Dia de Muertos festivities, there were several altars displaying contempt against what many believe is the government's failure to find the activist students and hold those responsible accountable. Art and political expression go hand-in-hand in México. Below are just a handful of examples.
In the Zocalo
In front of the Palacio de Bellas Artes