Government officials could torture or disappear anyone: all they needed to do was to call them a communist. According to the official report, a group of around four or five thousand student Communist agitators gathered in the Plaza de las tres Culturas on October 2,to spread propaganda against the government despite being warned by President Diaz Ordaz that he would persecute dissenters.
Once the fire had subsided, the suspects returned to the site and threw dirt and ashes to cool down the remains. The majority of the sources used for that story were officials from the military or government, offering only one side of the story. After meeting with the groups, several legislators voiced public support for their effort.
Some witnesses said they also had seen a police car in the area. In Julythe mountains near Iguala had even been dug up to reveal 60 mass graves — but in another embarrassing twist for the government, none of the bodies discovered were found to be those of the missing students.
The Yosoy movement not only demanded a proper report of what truly happened at the protest, but also helped liberalize Mexican media by using its access to social media to convey the truth behind the events and gain international support. Several hundred protesters gathered near the National Palace, small groups of protesters were throwing bottles and fireworks at the palace and the police tried to push them back using water cannon.
Who disappeared the students? The site near the town of Cocula, Mexico, pictured on Saturday, Nov.
According to this account, the students had planned to interrupt or demonstrate at the event, and the mayor and his wife had given orders for them to be intercepted and handed over to a local drug gang with which they were supposed to have ties.