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March through Ayotzinapa: Mobilization begins at the Angel of Independence

Parents and relatives of the 43 Ayotzinapa normal students, as well as students and groups searching for missing persons march on the afternoon of this Tuesday, September 26, in the streets of Mexico City to demand justice for the disappearance of the students and the clarification of the case.

This Tuesday’s demonstration occurs a day after the parents of the missing normalistas They accused that the federal government did not provide them with the promised information, about recordings of Army conversations. These recordings would serve to understand the events that occurred on September 26, 2014.

In addition, the relatives of the Ayotzinapa students They claimed that the federal government returned to the narrative of the so-called “historical truth”.

After yesterday’s meeting with representatives of the federal government, Vidulfo Rosales, the victims’ lawyer, reported that the authorities reduce the events to a local issue of organized crime, criminalize normalistas and exonerate the military.

What happened to the 43 normalistas of Ayotzinapa on September 26, 2014?

The night of September 26, 2014in Iguala, Guerrero, 43 students of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School They were disappeared without leaving any trace. This incident is one of the most violent in the recent history of Mexico.

The events occurred when a group of students of the Rural Normal School They went to Iguala, in order to “take” buses that they needed to participate in the commemoration of October 2, 1968.


According to the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, municipal police of Iguala they opened fire against the students to prevent them from leaving the city on the buses. In this way, aided by other corporations and civilians, the police managed to block the passage of five units, three that were traveling on a central street and two that were traveling on a peripheral one.

What is the route of the march through Ayotzinapa?

According to reports from the Mexico City Police, the manifestation from this Tuesday will start at 4:00 p.m.when the main contingent begins the march of the Angel of Independence towards the Zócalo of CDMX.

For this reason, the protesters They will advance along Paseo de la Reforma until the intersection with Avenida Juárezwhere they will turn to continue along that road until the intersection with the Lázaro Cárdenas Central Axis.

From that point on, the protesters They will enter through Calle 5 de Mayo in the direction of the capital’s Zócalo plateau.

Road alternatives for the march on September 26

This Tuesday’s demonstration implies the closure of vehicular circulation in the streets of the first square of CDMX.

The streets that will be closed for the Ayotzinapa march are:

  • Paseo de la Reforma
  • Juarez Avenue
  • Central axis
  • May 5th
  • Streets and avenues near the CDMX Zócalo

The Mexico City Command Center (C5) shared with the drivers what the Alternatives to avoid road chaos:

  • Axis 1 North
  • Axis 1 East
  • José María Izazaga Avenue (direction Chapultepec Avenue)
  • Fray Servando Teresa de Mier (address Eje 1 Oriente)
  • Chapultepec Avenue (both directions)
  • Interior Circuit (both directions)

Minute by minute of the march through Ayotzinapa 2023

  • 16:55: Protesters begin painting and vandalizing buildings on Paseo de la Reforma.
  • 16:41: Calculated around 1,800 people participating in the mobilizationaccording to data from the Ministry of Citizen Security.
  • 16:37: The march starts by the normalistas of Ayotzinapa.
  • 16:20: Expected the arrival of the parents of the normalistas for the march to begin.
  • 15:49: This year parents are accompanied by groups of adults from San Salvador Atenco, who go with machetes. In addition, they accompany students and report pints in different spaces in the center of the country’s capital.
  • 15:45: Parents of the normalistas They will leave concentrated on the Angel of Independence waiting for the mobilization to begin. They will lead the way.
  • 15:30: The Mexico City Metrobús reports the closures in the section of Line 7 that goes from La Palma to Paris this afternoon until the mobilization ends.
  • 15:28: Yes A contingent concentrates between Reforma and Antonio Caso.
  • 3:00 p.m.: Police remove fences from the Zócalo.
  • 3:00 p.m.: Some of the first protesters gather between Reforma and Florence.
  • 2:30 p.m. The authorities have already closed the entrances and exits of the Zócalo/Tenochtitlán station on Metro Line 2.

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