"The horror has a name and it's name is Ayotzinapa.' (SCI Galeano)
On September 26, 2014, two years ago this week, student teachers form the Escuela Rural Normal Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa were attacked in Iguala, Guerrero by local police. Six people were killed, dozens injured, and 43 remain missing two years later. One of the murdered students had been tortured and his face cut off. Elements of the municipal, state and federal police as well as the army participated in the crime, making it a state crime.
According to the government version of events, the student teachers had commandeered four buses (a common practice in Mexico) and directed them to the town of Iguala to disrupt a meeting organised by the mayor's wife. A confrontation with the municipal police followed, resulting in the six casualties and the arrest of the 43 missing, who were handed over to a local drug cartel, mistaken for members of a rival drug gang. They were then murdered, their bodies burnt in the local dump and their ashes thrown into the local river. This is the version of events presented by the Mexican Attorney General when he closed the case last year and presented this as the 'historic truth'. The historic truth/myth has since been perpetuated by a film, 'La Noche en Iguala', further adding to the pain and rage felt by the parents and families of t
15 week course
Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8.30 @Ballsbride College of Further Education
This is a lively and participative course open to people with any kind of interest in Latin America. Participants will acquire a general understanding of Latin American social, political, historical and economic developments as well as more detailed information about topics of contemporary significance, such as trade, labour issues, indigenous issues and popular resistance.
If you missed the Seminar "Irish-Latin American Solidafity in the context of the 1916 rising" back in May, you have now an opportunity to listen to some of the speakers throught this podcasts:
Thanks to Gertrude Cotter from Global Hub for sharing this with us.
Latin American Spanish classes: Intensive course for Beginners
Four Week intensive course, 2 days per week from the 4th to the 27th of July
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm
€120 / €110 for members
Brazilian Portuguese Classes: Intensive course for Beginners
Four Week intensive course, 2 days per week from the 12th of July to the 4th of August.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm
€120 / €110 for members
#LASCWeds Talk: From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands. Vulture funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South
Vulture Funds have been a key player in the Global South for years, but more recently their focus on the Irish property market has been a subject of concern closer to home.
Sr. Embajador Giampaolo Carmelo Rizzo Alvarado,
Honduran Ambassador to the UN
As a collective organised in solidarity with the people of Latin America, we the members of the Latin America Solidarity Centre in Ireland wish to express our shock and sadness at the murder of Ms. Berta Cáceres on March 3rd, 2016.
Ms. Cáceres was well-known in Ireland as a prominent defender of human and environmental rights, having worked with organisations such as Trocaire and Front Line Defenders. We understand that this crime took place even though Ms. Cáceres was under police protection at the time of her murder.
We at LASC believe that this event cannot be separated from the overall climate of violence and impunity that continues to exist in Honduras. This horrific incident, however, is a stark reminder of the risks of intimidation and violence faced by women, indigenous people, and human rights defenders in Honduras on a daily basis.
Talk: Contradictions of Sustainable Development: Brazil's New Left and Amazonian Environmental Governance
LASC and UNIVED present this talk by Eve Bratman, from the American University, and will focus on the case study of the Belo Monte dam project, and will look at various energy and land use issues facing the Brazilian Amazon region.
Free entry but registration is recommended as there are limited places.
Please book your place at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 16th February @7pm
The talk will take place in Comhlamh, 12 Parliament Street.