Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When is the government no longer THE government?

Some Mexicans are asking whether the government there is legitimate.

Thousands in Mexico demand justice over missing students
Mexico City demonstration
Thousands of people marched in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday to demand justice in the disappearance and possible massacre of 43 college students at the hands of police…

”I am here because I am outraged and it hurts me, what is happening in my country,” said Alejandra Orozco, 22, a sociology student. “We cannot act as if these massacres are normal in this country.”

Another student said she thought the governor of Guerrero, who has been accused of allowing rampant corruption in the state’s local governments, should resign.

“We demand the resignation of the governor, and if the students don’t reappear, [President Enrique] Pena Nieto ought to resign too,” said Maria Flores Solis, 23. “What happened to the students is unpardonable and speaks to a Mexico without law.”…

It remains unclear why the students were kidnapped and possibly killed. Their leftist movement has long clashed with local police and governments, while the penetration of those governments by drug-trafficking criminal organizations has become increasingly evident.

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