Ever since the abduction of 43 student teachers and the killing of six others by Mexican police at the end of September there has been a growing movement of fury throughout the country as millions take to the streets to demand their safe return.

On Wednesday of this week there was a global day of action. People demonstrated around the world and in Mexico teachers and students as well as farmers, civil society, religious organisations and trade unionists took part in protests to demand the return of the young teachers. It was the third national mobilisation for the students and the second global day. 

The families of the missing students addressed the rally in Mexico city's iconic Zocala square as people around the world protested in solidarity. Meanwhile a caravan has set off from Guerrero, the area where the atrocity took place, with 43 organisations taking part, one for each of the missing students. The 43 X 43 caravan will arrive in Zocalo square this Sunday, where another mass demonstration will take place

Slogans on the demonstrations were 'You took them alive, we want them back alive' and 'we are all Ayotzinapa!'

It is no accident that it was student teachers who were under attack by the Mexican state. Teachers have been in the forefront of resistance to the policies of Mexican president Pena Nieto, including the neo-liberal 'reform' of education. It is in the so-called Esceulas Normales - the teacher training colleges attended primarily by low income young people - that an alternative vision of education is developed - one based on the ideas of educationists like Paulo Freire aimed at liberation rather than enslavement to neo-liberal capital. Ayotzinapa college, which is where the 43 students were studying, was one such place.