Atrocities in Mexico Dim the Promise of Pena Nieto’s Reforms

Demonstrators protest the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico City, Nov. 16, 2014 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).
Protesters stand next to six mock coffins, representing those who died in a police attack in Guerrero state, as they demonstrate outside the National Palace in Mexico City, Nov. 1, 2014 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).

Forty-three students are still missing in Mexico. That crisis has gripped the country since September, but it’s easy to forget that it followed another atrocity: the suspected killing of 22 gang members, execution-style, in late June by soldiers in a dingy warehouse outside San Pedro Limon, a small town south of Mexico City. The story of what happened in that warehouse shifted more than once, from a shootout to allegations of a massacre and the government’s promise of an investigation. Charges were filed; then Mexican authorities said they weren’t. But earlier this week, three Mexican soldiers were formally charged with […]

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