Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Mexican “43” Uprising

Demonstrators march to protest the disappearance of 43 students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college, in Mexico City, on October 22, 2014.(The Atlantic)

The disappearance of 43 student teachers missing since September 26 has sparked an angry nation-wide protest movement. The 43 teaching students went missing from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa . The Attorney General said they had been killed by a local gang after the Mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, ordered the police to detain the protesting students. Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto defended the arrest of the students to avoid violence. A wave of protest exploded across the state and spread across the whole country and internationally against this state crime.

Underlying this situation is the re-opening of the ‘frozen’ Mexican national revolution that threatens to overthrow the neo-liberal regime and complete the permanent revolution. Reactions on the left range from Amnesty International charging the Mexican state with condoning a wave of extra-judicial killings. We say this reformist position sows the illusion that the ‘crimes’ of the bourgeois state can be punished by the same bourgeois state to contain the growing militant resistance.

Slightly more radical was the national meeting of all resistance organisations that accused the government of complicity with organised crime and the ‘criminalisation’ of protest. Its demands are to restore the Mexican state to its progressive role in developing the national interest and breaking with imperialism. All that is required is the ousting of Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, and its replacement by a populist regime along the lines of the Bolivarian states. We say that this position sows illusions in the Mexican bourgeois state can play a progressive role in completing the national revolution.

Marxists do not go to the streets to defend the disappeared without calling for the disappearance of the bourgeois state. We are for arming of the masses to resist the bourgeois state forces, led by a Marxist party that calls for workers and poor peasants to form  councils and militias, and fight for a workers council government that breaks from both imperialism and the corrupt national bourgeoisie.

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