They are young people, mostly the children of farming families, students in a rural normal school. That is why they were forcefully disappeared. They defend public education, the rural normal schools, the teaching to serve the most needy and the social transformation of Mexico. This is why they shot at them and kidnapped them.
The forced disappearance of the students from Ayotzinapa was a joint effort of the municipal police and hitmen working for the Guerreros Unidos cartel. There is no difference between one and the other. During the day the criminals work in a uniform; at night they do it dressed as civilians. In the criminal state that is ruling over vast parts of Guerrero, drug traffickers and police officers are two sides of the same coin.
They kidnapped and shot the young people from Ayotzinapa because they could. It was not at all hard for them to take away their lives or carry them off illegally. The current atmosphere in which the normal school students are demonized and in which there is general impunity and a criminal state made them think that nothing would happen to them; that they had the license to kill.
International Solidarity: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT ACTION: DISAPPEARED STUDENTS STILL MISSING IN MEXICO, Mexico missing students protests: share your photos and stories, Outside The Mexican Embassy In London, October 8th 2014