Former attorney general for the Mexican State of Guerrero, Alberto Lopez Rosas, has presented video evidence which he claims proves that federal police shot and killed two students during a confrontation on December 12th.
Lopez Rosas, who was released from his duties after the shootings, further claimed ballistics tests conducted by experts proved that the weapons used were not the same as those carried by the state police. He said also that the autopsy conducted by the medical examiner indicated that shots came from the front, coinciding with where the federal agents fired as seen in the video.
According to Lopez Rosas, the video makes clear that the students died when federal police opened fire on the protesters between 12:28 p.m. and 12:35 p.m. This occurred before the arrival of state police. As well, he noted that the federal police can be seen picking up spent shells, thus destroying evidence.
In fact, he claims that among the state police, only the three body guards of the Secretary of Public Safety, Arreola Ibarría, were armed. As a result, he has demanded the release of the ministerial and state police presently in custody.
Angel Aguirre Rivero defended his former boss, saying he would never work with a repressive government, and that government of the governor Angel Aguirre, of the centre-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), is not repressive. In fact, he sees the shootings as an attempt to discredit the state government. The federal government of is the conservative National Action Party (PAN).
However, the Guerrero state government, through a statement, has distanced itself from the Lopez Rosas’ statements. Governor Ángel Aguirre said that the statements made by Lopez Rosas were personal and did not represent an official position. Ángel Aguirre has previously stated that outside elements may be behind the shootings, though he gave no details.
The official statement from the government of Guerrero "reaffirms [the States’] commitment to ensure that the investigation of the tragic events of 12 of December, which killed two students, is objective, timely, complete, fair, true and exhaustive."
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