By Uta Thofern
Bit by bit, investigations are confirming what has been clear to everyone in Mexico for weeks. Of course the mayor of Iguala and his wife were behind the disappearance of the 43 student teachers. Of course these two local politicians had been hand in glove with local criminal gangs, who in turn were in league with the town’s police. The whole system could never have worked otherwise. How is a local mayor supposed to exercise power if he has no money to distribute, and no “narcos,” as the drug gangsters are known, to implement his interpretation of the law by force?
For most Mexicans, the results of the attorney general’s investigation were no surprise, because Iguala is not an isolated case. Encouraged by the extreme social inequality that still exists in Mexico, corruption is common at all levels of the administration. It is hardly surprising that police officers, too, ... Read More