City of New York, December 24, 2015.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To the Media.
ONE OF THE FATHERS OF THE 43 MISSING STUDENTS WILL GO ON A HUNGER STRIKE THIS CHRISTMAS FOR 48 HOURS TO DEMAND THEIR IMMEDIATE RETURN OF ALL THEM.
Antonio Tizapa will go on a hunger strike on December 24th, 2015 for 48 hours, in front of the Mexican Consulate in New York City. His hunger strike will start at 9:00am and culminate on Saturday, the 26th at 9:00am. Other people will fast with him in solidarity: Jaime Gonzalez and Paz Ortega, both activists and community organizers; Amado Tlatempa and Yaaritzi Saavedra, who also ran with him the New York City Marathon to raise awareness for the 43 missing students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College “Raul Isidro Burgos” in Guerrero, Mexico.
Antonio Tizapa is the father of Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño one of the 43 students that disappeared while being in the Police’s custody on September 26th, 2014 in Iguala, Mexico. He will fast for 48 hours; 43 hours for each missing student; 3 hours for each murdered student; 1 for the Aldo Gutierrez, the student who remains in a coma due to brain injury after being shot by state police; and 1 for, Edgar Andres Vargas whom the attacks of the Police left his face seriously wounded on that same night. At the beginning of the hunger strike, Tizapa will read a letter to Peña Nieto, demanding him the end of impunity and violence in Mexico. On every hour a picture will be displayed of each one of the of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa .
While the holiday season is always painful for many immigrants who fear for their families in Mexico, this year is particularly difficult to Antonio Tizapa who has been looking for his son for more than a year, and for the hundred of thousands of victims of the ongoing violence in Mexico.
The hunger strike also seeks to make visible the demand of the legal resolution of other disappearances and massacres which are state crimes that remain unsolved like the massacres of Acteal, El Charco, Aguas Blancas, Tlataya, the 16 journalists murdered (or missing) in the state of Veracruz, the femicides of Ciudad Juarez and many others injustices due to impunity and corruption. Tizapa wants to bring attention also to the US complicity in Mexican politics through its support of the Merida Initiative for military equipment used in the Army and the Police against Mexican civilians in total violation of their human rights.