24th of November, 17:30.
Room 204, Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building
Here is the invitation:
We are delighted to welcome Amanda Hopkinson and Juana Adcock, alongside Cambridge-Mexico Solidarity, for an evening of talks, discussions and poetry readings centred around Ayotzinapa, and human rights in Mexico.
On the 26th September 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Mexico, following a clash with local police. Whilst the details of the clash remain unclear, the official investigation concluded that they were handed to the local Guerreros Unidos ("United Warriors") crime syndicate. Iguala's mayor was accused by authorities of masterminding the abduction.
Mass graves were soon discovered near Ayotzinapa, and two of the 43 were forensically identified as dead. However, this September, a sixth-month international investigation dismissed the Mexican government's account of what happened to the remainder of the students as 'scientifically impossible.' One year on, the global outcry for justice in Ayotzinapa is still echoing.
Join us for an evening of talks, discussions and poetry readings to uncover the history of the event, the progression of investigations, and how issues of crime, authority, corruption and justice currently stand in Ayotzinapa and in Mexico as a whole.
Cambridge-Mexico Solidarity will open the event, outlining their response to the abduction and what they have achieved so far.
Amanda Hopkinson is a former trustee of English PEN, where she co-founded the Writers in Translation Committee. She worked with Amnesty in Latin America before seven years as editor of the human rights magazine 'Central America Report.' Amanda visited Mexico in late 2014 on behalf of PEN, and will talk about her experiences of the climate in Ayotzinapa.
Juana Adcock is a poet and transator working in English and Spanish. Her first book, Manca, explores the anatomy of violence in Mexico and was named by Reforma‘s Sergio González Rodríguez as one of the best poetry books of 2014. She will read some of her own poems, giving an outline of corruption in Mexico as she experiences it, as well as giving a reading of David Huerta's 'Say Ayotzinapa.'
We hope to see many of you at what promises to be an evening of lively and unmissable discussion on Mexico today.
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