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Artists paint portraits of missing Ayotzinapa students

It is an event that has rocked Mexico and will likely be remembered as a dark chapter in the country’s history. The disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college in the southern state of Guerrero – who were last seen on Sept. 26 after they were abducted by police with links to a drug cartel – has provoked an outpouring of anger and frustration from some Mexicans, including many artists. In this video, painter Jesus Anaya explains what inspired him and a group of fellow artists to paint a portrait of each of the missing students in a public square in the city of Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero.

“Through this kind of work, the visual arts are being used to demand political change,” he said. “We want a government that guarantees security for all the people of Guerrero and all Mexicans.”

For more, see Fusion’s full coverage of the Ayotzinapa case.