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German Responsibility For Those 43 Missing Mexican Students

Former employees from German gun company Heckler and Koch face charges in German court for illegal deals with Mexico. But were government officials complicit?

A protest in September against those responsible for the 43 missing students
A protest in September against those responsible for the 43 missing students
Tim Röhn

BERLIN — On Sept. 26, 2014, about 10,000 kilometers west of Germany, one of the most heinous crimes in memory was committed. Police in the Mexican university town of Ayotzinapa, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, shot dead six people, and kidnapped 43 others. Those 43 students remain missing to this day, and are widely believed to have been handed over to one of the Mexican drug cartels, and murdered.

At first glance, it may not be immediately clear how these events, which took place in a Latin American country ravaged by drug wars, are related to peacetime Germany. But they are. The Mexican police in Ayotzinapa had used G36 rifles, which are manufactured by Heckler & Koch in Germany.

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