As Sunday came to a close in the town of Paracho, Michoacán, the eighth national Cantoya Balloon Festival 2013 wrapping up, family and friends of the three youths- who one year ago were forcibly taken by an armed group after they had given paper balloon workshops for children- gathered at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, to pray for their return and to deplore the state’s lack of results produced through the investigations and the protection provided to organized crime groups.
“Since last April,” reported Alicia Guadalupe Nava, Luis Enrique Nava’s mother and Diego Antonio Maldonado’s aunt, (two of the disappeared), “the PGR have been leading the investigations because neither Michoacán state authorities nor the town of Paracho did a thing for our children. I myself met with the Michoacán state attorney general three times and he never knew what he was he was talking about. We’ve gone to Michoacán several times in addition to these meetings, and have been ignored.”
“In fact,” says Mrs. Nava, “it was the same state government, Jesus Reyna Garcia’s interim leader, who sent us to PGR, because none of the authorities in Michoacán showed us any interest. I was never able to meet with constitutional governor Fausto Vallejo, because I was constantly ill.”
The Movimiento Ciudadano youths’ belongings have been located. Several things they had brought with them to the Cantoya Balloon event, which took place last July 21st in Paracho, were located through a joint operation carried out by the federal and Purhépecha Plateau State.
However, the three young people: Luis Enrique Castañeda Nava, 28 years old, Diego Antonio Maldonado, 34, and Ana Belen Sanchez, 30, who were forcibly removed from the Hotel Santa Fe, in the town of Paracho, have not been located. Continue reading →
For over five months they have spread the news throughout Europe and Canada about the disappearance of Ana Belém Sánchez Mayorga, Luis Enrique Castañeda Nava Maldonado and his cousin Diego Castañeda. The members of the group “No Más Víctimas!” (No More Victims!) have pressured Michoacán authorities and the federal government to respond to the abduction of the three youths by suspected gunmen of the ‘Caballeros Templarios’ in the town of Paracho on July 21, 2012. On their website they pose the question: “Where are they?”
QUERÉTARO, QRO (Proceso). – The group “No Mas Victimas!” formed in several European cities with a very clear purpose: to ask the Mexican government to respond to the many disappearances and persecution of civil social activists, human rights defenders and promoters of social welfare, whom, say the members of the group, “have been criminalized” by the authorities. Continue reading →
When three people disappear quietly without causing any commotion to the authorities and society, how strong and loud should be the shouts of relatives and friends so they can be finally listened? Or is it that justice in Mexico is only given to those who are sons of rich businessmen, of politicians, or of those who can afford it?
I am a student of Fine Arts from Greece and have always had the dream to see places outside Europe, other cultures and landscapes. As far as a very good way to do it was through studies, I decided to apply for a scholarship for studying in Mexico. I was lucky enough that my dream came true: in 2010 I got a scholarship to study Fine Arts at the National School of Plastic Arts of the UNAM!
My joy was great! I always wished to travel there, to learn this ancient culture, to see precious relics, the art of the past and present, beautiful scenerys those I saw in photographs, to taste so famous cuisine! All friends who had traveled to Mexico, returned with best impressions and the wish to visit this country again! Continue reading →