The death of beloved legend Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Chespirito) no doubt resonated with millions and millions of people, especially all of you who grew up with “El Chavo del Ocho” or “El Chapulín Colorado.” To many, it was losing a huge part of childhood. Not surprisingly throughout the weekend, the news of Chespirito’s death dominated Mexican media as well as Spanish-language U.S. outlets such as Univision. Everyone (including us) took a moment to mourn.
However, there is mourning and then there is trying to distract people from #Ayotzinapa and recent developments. That is exactly what is happening. You don’t think so? Why then did Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto tweet not once, but twice about Chespirito’s death minutes after news outlets confirmed his passing?
Did anyone see a tweet (or two) from EPN minutes after #Ayotzinapa? Anyone?
@latinorebels Peña tweeted his condolences 12 minutes after, it took him 10 days to express sorrow for the students
— Ricardo C. Gochicoa (@CGochicoa) November 30, 2014
So, to avoid distractions such as those, here are few things you need to know about Mexico. First watch this video. Like right now. Then go here.
In addition, no major U.S. media outlet reported the following:
A Mexican judge on Saturday ordered the release of 11 people arrested over violent protests in support of 43 missing teacher trainees.
The judge in Xalapa, capital of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, found insufficient evidence to prosecute the suspects – eight men and three women – for the crimes of criminal association, mutiny and causing bodily harm.
The suspects had been held in two maximum-security prisons in the states of Veracruz and Nayarit after their arrest on Nov. 20 in Mexico City’s main square.
That release also coincided with that of Sandino Bucio Dovalí, a student activist known for his leadership in the #YoSoy132 movement. According to eyewitnesses and news stories, on Friday Bucio Dovalí was taken into a car by armed men who said they were federal police. News spread fast on social media demanding Bucio Dovalí’s release, and soon enough he was. No charges. No crime reported. Nothing.
In a video that has been seen over 1.3 million times on Facebook, a visbily shaken Bucio Dovalí said that his captors would make him disappear like those from Ayotzinapa.
On December 3, there will be #USTired 2 rallies all over the United States.