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Ayotzinapa one year on: How the UK is fuelling Mexico’s deadly war

On 26th September 2014, police in the Mexican town of Iguala in the state of Guerrero ambushed a convoy of buses carrying students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College to a protest march. Police opened fire, killing several students and bystanders, and abducted 43 students in police vehicles. The students have not been seen since.

The first anniversary of this mass disappearance saw demonstrations across Mexico and around the world. I joined campaigners outside the Mexican Embassy in London’s Mayfair, and spoke to the crowd about the UK’s complicity in the human rights abuses spiralling out of control in Mexico.

Protesters stand with pictures of the disappeared in front of the Mexican Embassy

Demonstrators outside the Mexican Embassy in London, 26th September 2015

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Inside DSEI

Last week, despite the ‘five security checks’ and the ‘defensive ring’ to keep unwanted guests out, anti-war activist Martin Powell managed to infiltrate the DSEI arms fair and live tweeted photos from inside.

Martin is also a performance poet and wrote this poem about his experience inside the arms fair: Read more »