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Monday, March 24, 2014

20th anniversary of Colosio assassination marked

Nexos magazine gives readers access to the final special prosecutor's report on the 1994 slaying of PRI presidential candidate in Tijuana, which few conspiracy theorists — or those writing about the killing — seem to have bothered to read

Nexos cover March 2014By David Gaddis Smith, MexicoPerspective.com

      The 20th anniversary of the assassination of Institutional Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was marked on Sunday in Tijuana and other parts of Mexico.

      Ceremonies were held in Lomas Taurinas, the poor Tijuana neighborhood where Colosio was killed, and in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, the town Colosio was from.

      While conspiracy theories continue to abound, none have come close to being proven. This month's issue of Nexos magazine Colosio statue Lomas Taurinas old Colosio signdevotes several articles to the case, one of which deals with the final special Luis Donaldo Colosioprosecutor's report, which knocked down conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory through the relentless use of logic and the tracking down of rumors. The magazine also provides the report of Luis Raúl González Pérez on its website for all to see. The magazine's cover says "Colosio in his Labyrinth," a play on words on Octavio Paz's famous book on Mexican culture, "The Labyrinth of Solitude." (Paz would have been 100 this year.)

      In Tijuana, a run in Colosio's memory that began at PRI headquarters was held Sunday morning, and a ceremony at Lomas Taurinas took place shortly afterward. There, some students erected a banner blaming former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (1988-1994) for the slaying, and many in the neighborhood said later in the day that they thought he was the mastermind of the killing. One of a large number of reasons why this makes little sense is that presidential biographer and later Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda found that Salinas was devastated by Colosio's death. While other conspiracy theorists have blamed drug traffickers and PRI infighting in the assassination, convicted assassin Mario Aburto Martínez, in his writings, expressed contempt for both the PRI and the scourge of drug trafficking.

       Colosio Pena Nieto mural Lomas TaurinasAt the ceremony, Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán of the PRI said the best way to honor Colosio's memory was to put in practice his ideals. President Enrique Peña Nieto, also of the PRI, said much the same in a 13-paragraph statement he issued about the anniversary. Peña Nieto has been sharing space on a mural facing the plaza where Colosio was killed for some time now. Peña Nieto concluded by saying, "The Mexico of justice, equality, prosperity, and peace that Colosio sought is within reach and Mexico must keep working to achieve it. Colosio dared to dream it. It is up to us, the Mexicans of today, to do our utmost to make it reality."

       In Magdalena de Kino, where Colosio and his wife are buried, Colosio's two children attended a ceremony Sunday. Lawyer Luis Donaldo Colosio Riojas, 27, attended along with his four-month-old baby, Luis Donaldo Colosio García. Mariana Colosio Riojas, 21, said, "It is time to leave the past and transform the future." She also said, "He departed so that we could see our Mexico grow." Colosio's wife, Laura Diana Riojas, died in November 1994 of pancreatic cancer.

Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Story on the ceremony and continuing poverty in Lomas Taurinas, El Mexicano (PDF).

In Mexico City, PRIistas said reforms passed last year "crystallized Colosio's ideas." Jump.

Excélsior on what has happened with Colosio's family.

PRI state legislator René Mendívil says Mexico would have been different had Colosio lived.

Results of the race the PRI held in honor of Colosio, Frontera (PDF).

 

Jan. 2012: Vicente Mayoral, unjustly charged in the case, dies at 78.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's statement about Colosio    

El 23 de marzo de 1994 es uno de los días más trágicos de la historia contemporánea de México.

Recuerdo claramente que, aquella tarde, me encontraba trabajando en Toluca, en el Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de México. En aquel entonces, era Secretario Particular del Titular de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico de la entidad.

En cuanto me informaron que "habían herido al candidato presidencial del PRI", de inmediato suspendí lo que estaba haciendo y encendí la televisión para ver los noticieros.

Fueron horas de incredulidad e incertidumbre. Más tarde, al confirmarse que Luis Donaldo Colosio había fallecido, me invadió una enorme tristeza, por sus seres queridos, por mi partido y por México.

El país estaba conmocionado ante la noticia. Todos pensábamos que ya se habían superado esos episodios de violencia en nuestra historia. El último magnicidio en México, había ocurrido 66 años antes, con el asesinato del presidente electo Álvaro Obregón.

Sin duda, aquel 23 de marzo, México perdió a un gran líder. Colosio era un hombre de servicio, un hombre de familia, que provenía de la cultura del esfuerzo. Era un político visionario, que representaba un cambio con responsabilidad.

Afortunadamente, Colosio nos legó sus ideas e ideales; su deseo de transformar a México.

Colosio creía en un México con paz y tranquilidad. Veía además un país con hambre y sed de justicia, un México que debía ser más incluyente.

Luis Donaldo también advertía que la educación era la batalla más grande para ganar el futuro y que el crecimiento económico, debía darse a partir de la estabilidad.

Él quería transformar a México y hacerlo a partir de las instituciones.

esa guía que Colosio nos dejó hace 20 años, sigue siendo vigente.

Desde el Gobierno de la República, estamos impulsando transformaciones por la vía democrática; estamos trabajando por un México en paz, incluyente, con educación de calidad y más próspero.

Ese México de justicia, equidad, prosperidad y paz que él veía, sí es posible alcanzarlo y debemos seguir trabajando por él. Colosio se atrevió a soñarlo. A los mexicanos de hoy, nos corresponde hacer nuestro mayor esfuerzo para hacerlo realidad.

 

boy falls off bike at Lomas TaurinasA boy fell off his bike at the Colosio plaza in Lomas Taurinas on Sunday afternoon and started crying.

Photo above shows Colosio statue at Lomas Taurinas and a campaign sign for Colosio, on the side of a home, that has not been painted over. The very top of that sign can be seen in the photo at left, above the lettering that says "Plaza de la Unidad y la Esperanza" (Plaza for Unity and Hope).

 

Colosio sign on side of house Lomas Taurinas

The Colosio sign behind the plaza; the van at left still has campaign paraphernalia for Mayor Jorge Astiazarán in the window. He was elected in July.