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On September 26, 2014, student teachers from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College commandeered several buses to transport their fellow students to Iguala, Mexico in order to protest the discriminatory hiring of teachers. This was nothing they hadn’t done before: the students of Ayotzinapa had a long history of capturing these buses for protests, and the bus companies and Mexican authorities usually tolerated it.
But that night was different. Armed gunmen intercepted the buses as they were in transit. In mere hours, six people were dead and 43 of the students were gone, put into police vehicles and taken away. They have not been found.
In the next feature, the Collie investigates the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43. Following this mystery will lead us through violently territorial drug gangs and corrupt police and politicians. Two predominant questions pervade this case, asked by reporters and protestors alike: Where are the 43, and why did they go missing?