'The pain of our relatives is our resistance': They march in Oaxaca to demand the appearance of missing persons alive

Oaxaca, Oax.- “In Oaxaca, yes, there are missing persons,” said Martha Pablo Cruz, representative of the collective “Oaxaca Hounds”, who together with a hundred mothers, fathers and relatives from various groups marched in the state capital to demand the appearance alive of their daughters, sons and relatives.

“The pain of our relatives is what keeps us in resistance,” he assured, while demanding the justice authorities and the governor, Alejandro Murat, the appearance of his son, who disappeared on May 10, 2019.

The faces of the disappeared persons littered the streets of the capital. The groups denounced that there is no real figure on this matter, although the authorities report that there are 3,000 Oaxacan men and women.

Furthermore, they pointed out the lack of mechanisms to protect families when performing the search.

“I have been looking for my brother for 10 years and there is no result. The authorities do not provide accompaniment, we do the search alone and there are no mechanisms; There is no Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in Oaxaca, there is a Search Commission, but it is not enough,” Eider Álvarez denounced.

As they advanced, the mothers and fathers, as well as the relatives, denounced that since prosecutor Arturo Peimbert took office there has been no progress in this matter.

They highlighted that many families do not file their complaint out of fear or because of the impunity that prevails in Oaxaca.

Section 22 of the CNTE also joined this march and protest.

The mothers called the elected governor, Salomón Jara Cruz, to show solidarity and humanize their causes.

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The Ombudsman for Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca estimates that there are 3,000 missing persons in the entity, meanwhile, the newly created State Commission for the Search of Persons (CEBP) reported that there are 355 missing persons.


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