Families gather outside Mexican consulate in observance of Day of the Disappeared

Updated: Saturday, August 30 2014, 03:34 PM MDT
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By: Jessica Gonzalez

EL PASO, Texas – Members of the Mexicans in Exile group in El Paso gathered in front of the Mexican consulate on Saturday morning to demand government involvement in the disappearance of thousands of Mexican residents.

This was part of a national protest in observance of the International Day of the Disappeared, which is August 30.  

The attorney for the group, Carlos Spector, says that during former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s six-year term, more than 25,000 people went missing.

In the last six months under Enrique Pena Nieto’s presidential term, there have been 9,000 cases of people missing, Spector said.

“If it keeps going at that rate, by the end of Pena Nieto’s term there will be 36,000 disappeared,” said Spector.

Spector says that unfortunately most of these disappearances have been aided by the Mexican state at the local or federal level.

“Part of this movement is to denounce the disappeared, the impunity and the corruption that permits the disappearance of people’s families,” Spector said.

Families gather outside Mexican consulate in observance of Day of the Disappeared
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