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Social injustice in Mexico: Elena Poniatowska

Social injustice in Mexico: Elena Poniatowska

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on November 17, 2014

Elena Poniatowska, a French born Mexican journalist and author, said that Mexico is turning into hell.

"Everyone thinks that Mexico is turning into hell, that most people do not have resources," she said bitterly.

The author added that what happened to the 43 students of Ayotzinapa teachers training college is the culmination of years social injustice in Mexico.

Poniatowska added that unfair deaths, social inequality and the shameful behavior of politicians anger her. "I am an honest writer who has been swallowed by the terrible reality of my country," she decried.

When asked if she thought that journalism is becoming more accommodating to power, the author said: "Not in Mexico. The proof is that Mexico is the country in which more journalists have been killed for denouncing the terrible things happening in this very moment."

This year Poniatowska is the main guest of the program of Latin American authors of the International Miami Book Fair, which opens today.

Last year she won Spain's Premio Cervantes Literature Award, the greatest existing Spanish language literature award for an author's lifetime works, being the 4th woman to receive such recognition. Her best known work is "La noche de Tlatelolco" (Massacre in Mexico) about the repression of the 1968 student protests in Mexico City.

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