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A Massacre in Mexico


Verso, 2020, ISBN: 9781788731492, 448 pag., € 16.95
On September 26, 2014, a party of students from the Ayotzinapa Rural
Teachers’ College were en route to a protest when intercepted by local
police. A confrontation ensued. Come the morning, the students were nowhere
to be found. The crime that had transpired and the resultant cover-up
brought the profound depths of corruption in the Mexican government and
police force—as well as the vulnerability of ordinary Mexicans—into stark
relief. Investigative reporter Anabel Hernández reconstructs the terrible
events of that night and its aftermath, giving us the most complete picture
available. Her sources are unparalleled. In researching this book, she
secured access to internal government documents that have not been made
public and to surveillance footage the government has tried to hide and
destroy. Hernández demolishes the Mexican state’s official version of
events, which the Peña Nieto government cynically dubbed the “historic
truth.” As her research shows, state officials at all levels, from police
and prosecutors to the upper echelons of government, conspired to put
together a fake case, concealing and manipulating evidence, and arresting
and torturing dozens of “suspects,” procuring forced confessions to back up
the official lie. By following the role of the various Mexican state
agencies through the events in such remarkable detail, A Massacre in Mexico
shows with exacting precision precisely who is responsible for this
monumental crime and who needs to be held accountable.

SKU: 36841
Subtitle: The True Story Behind the Missing Forty Three
Author: Hernandez, Anabel
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9781788731492
Pages: 448
Publisher: Verso
Publisher's city: London
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