AP Reports Mexican Raids in Michoacán But Doesn’t Publish Protest Images

Oct 17, 2012
2:10 pm

This week the Associated Press reported the following story, "Mexico Raids Seized Campus, Battle Protesters." As with most of the stories the AP publishes, this online article appeared in countless of major American media outlets, like CBS News and TIME. However, even though the story chronicled how the police in Michoacán, Mexico raided three teachers colleges in response to student protesters who had been "hijacking buses and trucks for a week to protest curriculum changes," the AP story did not include any of the images from the Michoacán raids.

Images such as this one, which shows naked protesters being rounded up by police have gone viral all over the Internet this week. (This image actually occurred in 2011, according to some sources, yet it has become a symbol of Michoacán protests). Other images from the protests can be seen here.

Many people in Mexico who follow this page have asked us to spread the word about this image, claiming that this is just another example of repression—a calling card of the country's PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) party, which is returning to power under Enrique Peña Nieto.

The AP reported that last week students,"seized the campuses to protest plans to require them to take English and computer science courses. The protesters say the colleges are meant to prepare teachers for rural areas where basic skills are more of a priority." According to reports from Mexico, demonstrations to demand that all the student protesters will continue this week, and such actions by police do very little to confirm that the Mexican government has not changed its history as a repressive government.