Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011
Mexico City's Peace March
Thousands of Mexicans have taken part in a march against drug-related violence. The four-day march culminated with some 20,000 people walking on Mexico City's Zocalo Square.
|Cnn- Thousands join Mexican March Against Drug Violence|
Quoting from CNN
May 9, 2011 -- Updated 0351 GMT (1151 HKT)
Mexico City (CNN) -- Thousands of demonstrators marched in silence toward Mexico City's central square Sunday, carrying banners and signs that demanded an end to the country's drug war.
Well-known Mexican poet Javier Sicilia led protesters on their 80-kilometer (50-mile) journey, which began Thursday in the central city of Cuernavaca.
More than 65,000 people participated in Sunday's march, the state-run Notimex news agency reported, citing Mexico City police. Read more here
Speaking before a sea of demonstrators at the large plaza in the heart of the nation's capital Sunday afternoon, activists read a list of demands that they said were part of a "national pact." They gave government officials a deadline of June 10 to sign on to the deal. Read more here
Their proposed agreement included "demanding an end to the strategy of war," the removal of corruption from all three levels of government in less than six months, and the quick solving of several notable high-profile cases -- including the killing of Sicilia's son. Read more here
As demonstrators set out Thursday, Sicilia criticized Mexican President Felipe Calderon's crackdown on cartels, which began in December 2006. Since then, Mexican authorities estimate that more than 34,600 people have been killed in drug-related violence. Read more here
|Thousands of Mexicans March to Protest Drug War|
MEXICO CITY - Tens of thousands of Mexicans Sunday marched into the capital city to protest the wave of killing that has claimed 38,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon launched his war on drug gangs in late 2006.
Demonstrators, many wearing white and walking in silence, held up placards that read “Not a single more death,” “Enough already” and “No more bloodshed.”
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.
“We don’t want any more death because of this growing mess,” said Sicilia, from a platform in Mexico’s huge central Zocalo square, where the demonstrators gathered. Read More Here
The Daily Herald - http://goo.gl/WfkH8
|Daily Herald -Thousands of Mexican March to Protest the War Against Drugs|