#YaMeCansé: What You Need to Know About the 43 Students Murdered in Mexico

#YaMeCansé: What You Need to Know About the 43 Students Murdered in Mexico

Ya Me Cansé.

It means: "Enough. I'm tired" or "I'm already tired." And it symbolizes how many Mexicans feel about corruption in their country after the brutal kidnapping, murder and disposal of 43 innocent students.



The 43 went missing on Sept 26, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero — a midsized city where they had reportedly traveled to protest discriminatory hiring practices by the government. The victims, students at the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, went missing without a trace — leading to anger, frustration, and disbelief among the global community. 

Six weeks after their disappearance, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam (who inspired the #YaMeCanse hashtag) revealed the identity of the supposed perpetrators: members of Guerreros Unidos, a local drug gang who kidnapped the students, executed them, and burned their bodies before dumping the remains in a river.

Authorities say the incident began when police, under orders from Iguala's then-mayor, José Luis Abarca, opened fire on the students. Six died at the scene, and the remaining 43 kidnapped and handed over to Guerreros Unidos under orders from Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda. The couple fled the city in the wake of the crisis, but authorities apprehended the two in Mexico city last week.

Their role as the "masterminds" of the violent, heartwrenching crime solidified many Mexican's lack of faith in their government and leadership.

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