Scientist and activist gone missing in Mexico after fearing for his safety
Andrés Monroy-Hernández 2012-09-24
Here is my attempt at capturing some of the information I have read in Spanish on the apparent forced disappearance of Aleph Jiménez, a scientist at CICESE (one of the leading research centers in Mexico) and the spokesperson for the local branch of the #YoSoy132 activist movement. His disappearance is generating a lot of discussion on Mexican social media. For example, his name is currently one of Mexico’s trending topics on Twitter. A couple of things are particularly troublesome about the case:
- Jiménez was arrested and released for being part of a protest on September 15. Two days later he and his fellow activists held a press conference denouncing police repression.
- Subsequently, Jiménez reported being followed and fearing for his safety.
- Apparently, the bodies of two of his colleagues at CICESE were found in the past few weeks, something that he interpreted as a warning. I was only able to find this news article about the apparent homicide of one of his colleagues on September 14.
- In an interview, Aleph’s father mentioned that he feared the authorities are behind.
The CICESE research center has released a statement asking for the prompt resolution of the case.
This is one of the images circulating: