The mayor of a Mexican town where 43 students went missing last month is now said to be the possible “mastermind” behind the kidnapping, as well as his wife, this according to the Attorney General Jesus Murillo.
Protests erupted in the town of Iguala regarding the September 26 disappearance while at the same time, arrest warrants were being issued for Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda. However, after requesting a leave from his post, the couple has not been seen.
Officials believe the students’ kidnapping was orchestrated by corrupt Mexican police and fierce drug cartel, led by Guerreros Unidos who has since been arrested. The mayor and his wife are the highest-ranking couple in the state, with suspicions mounting toward Police Chief Felipe Flores Velasquez.
In a message to police, Sidronion Caseportarrubias, gang chief, said the mayor and his wife were complicit with the goal of keeping the kidnapped students hidden, something relatively easy to do considering there is alleged police involvement.
Initially, the incident in September involved student teachers from the local Ayotzinapa teacher’s college who clashed with police during a protest, which led to a least six people being killed. Several other people from that incident were arrested and supposedly handed over to Unidos who mistook them for a rival gang.
Protests, followed by chaos, has now spread to a number of other cities and sent shock waves through all of Mexico, a country already struggling with one of the highest kidnapping and murder rates in the entire world.
In a fevered protest over not being provided information about the students’ disappearance, hundreds of Chilpancingo residents caused damage to the state capital building on October 14. Then to show support for and hopefully bring the missing students back alive, thousands of people marched into the capital Mexico City on October 22.
In the meantime, Mexican police have an ongoing investigation into nine mass graves where 30 bodies were discovered earlier. However, upon examination, none of those bodies belong to the 43 missing students. As far as the 43 missing students, none have been seen since being taken in September.