“Mexico in flames: The challenges facing the movement”: Interview to Abelardo Mariña Flores

The disappearance in September of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa in Iguala in the state of Guerrero, after the police had shot six people dead, has thrown Mexico into a deep crisis. Mass protests have swept across the country, peaking in a giant demonstration in Mexico City on 20 November 2014. After the march Abelardo Mariña Flores, a leading Marxist political economist and activist in the university teachers’ union, talked to Lucia Pradella.

What are the root causes of the killings and forced disappearances of the Ayotzinapa students in Iguala?

The long-run roots of the violence in Mexico can be found in the authoritarian state that consolidated in Mexico after the Lázaro Cárdenas regime (1934-40). Even during the post-war boom and the so-called Mexican miracle, the repression of social, labour, progressive and leftist movements…

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