Press Release



October 20, 2014

To the broadcasting media and public in general,

On behalf of the International Academic Community of more than 85 countries and 500 universities, research centers and NGOs, and with the support of more than 12,500 (according to the latest update) people, we hereby attach the Open Letter From Abroad #WeAreAllAyotzinapa so it can be broadcasted to the general population. This letter has been signed, by both Mexican and non-Mexican academics who live outside of Mexico, and it also includes a smaller percentage of Mexican residents who wanted to add their voice to this message.

The signatories of this letter, considering the stability and governability crisis in which Mexico lives, unite our voices to the international condemnation for the recent assassination of students and the disappearance of 43 of them in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

The letter demands the following:

1. The return of the 43 students, alive. And the end to the retaliation and harassment of the students from the Escuela Normal de Ayotzinapa, and students in general.

2. A thorough, reliable, true, and transparent investigation of the events, involving the participation of experts and international observers, like the Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense.

3. That those who are found responsible for actions or omissions of these crimes, in all three levels of government (municipal, state and federal) are immediately removed from their office and are arrested.

This open letter, which was published simultaneously in 5 languages (Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Catalan), represents, the continuation of a collective effort aimed at informing and protesting about this issue, that since the 17th of October, the above signatories and other groups have been organizing in cities and universities around the world. On Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd, representatives of the signatories will deliver a copy of this letter to their local Mexican Consulates and Embassies within the context of the national strike and the international action protests that the students in Ayotzinapa have asked for.

Among the signatories there are world famous philosophers (like Noam Chomsky and Judith Butler), Mexican history experts (like Andrew Chesnut, Tanalís Padilla, Pablo Piccato  and Edward Wright-Rios), important poets and artists (like Coco Fusco, Cristina Rivera Garza and Raúl Zurita), as well as other famous social thinkers and critics (like Eduardo Buscaglia, Andrea Giunta, Francine Masiello, Gabriela Polit, Rita Laura Segato and Gareth Williams).

Within Mexico, the signatories also include Guillermo Zapata Navarrete a current student and Jazmín López Vázquez a teacher at the Escuela Normal “Raúl Isidro Burgos” of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, as well as members from the intellectual, artistic, scientific and civil society.

The letter and its signatories can be viewed at . Likewise, from October 22nd onwards, we will publish updated statistics and graphs about the origin, institutions and countries of the signatories at . Also, in the blog of this webpage we will publish updated information about Ayotzinapa events in each of the countries.We are still colelcting signatures until of of the 43 students in forced disappearance come back home alive.

On behalf of the organizing committee of the Letter from Abroad #WeAreAllAyotzinapa we thank you in advance for publishing this information. For any queries or comments please email

Yours sincerely,

Open Letter From Abroad #WeAreAllAyotzinapa

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