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The Tragedy in Mexico's Iguala Is a ‘Game Changer’

Photo from the blog by Fernando Vasquez Rigada and used with permission.

Fernando Vázquez Rigada blogged on October 27 about the dreadful events occured in the community of Iguala, Mexico. By his understanding, this has unveiled just how rotten the government is, starting from the involvement of the former mayor and continuing with the corruption within institutions.

El 26 había una crisis local, el 27 una nacional, el 28 una internacional. Hoy, un callejón sin salida.

On the 26th it was a local crisis, on the 27th it was national, the 28th it became international. Today, a dead end.

Vázquez called the situation a ”game changer”, saying, “Those shocks that don't change the rules of a game: they change the game.” He pointed out several things the government should consider in those moments:

Primero: deberá redefinir sus objetivos.
Segundo: deberá escuchar. La calle hierve. Hay un reclamo general.
Tercero: sus cálculos políticos deberán modificarse.

First: The government should redefine its goals.
Second: It will have to listen. The streets are boiling. There is general uproar.
Third: Their political calculations will have to be modified.

The author ends by noting:

El país cambió el 26 de septiembre. El gobierno aún no se ha dado cuenta. Veremos si no es muy tarde.

The country changed on September 26. The government still hasn't realized. Let's see if it's not too late.

Today, more than three weeks later, we know it's late too for the government, but we hope it might not be for the 43 students who are still missing. Just as the protesters chant: “They were taken alive, we want them alive!

You can add your signature to a petition to demand the Mexican government investigate who was behind the tragedy and why.

Follow Fernando Vázquez Rigada on Twitter: @fvazquezrig

This post was part of the 26th #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on October 27, 2014.

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