For the first time since 2014, when 43 Mexican students disappeared, the National Rights Commission implicates federal agents by announcing on Thursday that two of them were involved in the disappearance of the students
According to the General Attorney´s office, this new announcement will “deepen” this “line of investigation”.
A federal police statement was that these allegations were not new. Every agent that witnessed events had been called on for a statement and, so far, no wrongdoing has been found.
The mass abduction, for which municipal police officers have been charged, took place on September 26-27, 2014 in the southern city of Iguala. The governmental rights commission stated that they found an eyewitness who claimed to have seen federal agents near the courthouse of Iguala, where the municipal officers had stopped a bus with 15-20 students.
This was one of five buses that approximately100 students had taken for the night before attending protests. Police officers opened fire, shooting at the tires of the bus, which prompted the students to throw rocks at the police officers. The officers collected the students and placed them into several patrol vehicles.
Right after this, the federal agents arrived and asked what was going on, to which the officers responded that students would be taken to Huitzuco, where “the boss” “would decide what to do with them. It is presumed that this boss is possibly a cartel member. The federal agents responded with, “Ah, ok, that’s good.” and left. This is how Huitzuco becomes a new location in the story since authorities had stated that the suspects said that students were killed in Cocula, a nearby town.
The commission says that they have enough evidence to "presume the participation of members of the Huitzuco municipal police and two federal police officers" in the disappearance of the students.
This case has become the greatest challenge in Peña Nieto´s government, making his approval rating drop, and spurring many protests.