Monday, May 9, 2011

Mexicans Peacefully Protest- STOP the War on Drugs

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Mexican Peace Protest-

"No more deaths, no more hate. We've come out to walk these streets with dignity and peace ... violence will only bring us more violence," he added.(Javier Sicilia,) 
Noe Torres, Reuters · May 8, 2011 | Last Updated: May 8, 2011 4:01 PM ET
We’ve come from San Juan Copala (in Oaxaca state), seeking peace, because we’re also suffering violence and injustice,” said Mariana, a 21-year-old from the Triqui tribe, wearing indigenous clothing.

The march started Thursday about 45 miles from the capital in the tourist city of Cuernavaca, which has been rocked by drug-related violence and where in March suspected hitmen killed the son of writer Javier Sicilia, who is heading the march. Read More Here

“We’ve had it with this terrible government that goes unpunished. We want peace,” said Araceli Vazquez, 60 years old, as he held up an improvised placard with his demands.

April was the most violent month yet in Calderon’s fight, with 1,402 deaths, Milenio newspaper reported. Read More Here
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Leader Post- Thousands of Mexicans March to Protest Drug War
 A man painted with fake blood gestures in Mexico City on Sunday during the last of a four-day silent march to protest drug violence Photograph by: Getty Images, Reuters

Helped by friends, 49-year-old Carlos Castro held up a large blanket with photos of his wife and two daughters. They disappeared one January night in Xalapa, in the east of the country, and he has not heard anything of them since.

"I've not found any other way to protest, nobody has spoken to me and the authorities know nothing about them," he said. "The idea of coming here with this blanket is to send a message to the people that have them. So they give them back to me."