As violent and desperate as the situation has become in some parts of Mexico, a few days ago I received a Facebook invitation from a friend of mine (Kenya Bello, whom I would like to thank) in order to protest Wednesday against Calderon’s strategy in the fight against crime and drug trafficking.
“35000 MORTS” More than 35000 people have died in drug-related violence since the government launched an offensive against cartels in late 2006. Border cities like Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana have been the hardest hit by drug violence. Ça suffit.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in over twenty cities across Mexico on Wednesday. At the same time, another demonstration took place in Place du Trocadéro, in Paris. We were very few, but the Mexican community living in this city wanted to show their support to their fellow countrymen. Wednesdays protest marches were spread in part by the killing of Juan Francisco Sicilia Ortega on March 28th, son of Mexican poet and novelist Javier Sicilia. His called for the demonstrations inspired Mexicans to speak out. These demonstrations were organized and publicized by the people through social networks and with no help from the media.
The straw that broke the camel’s back:
On Friday April 1st, authorities in northern Mexico say (announced) they found nearly sixty bodies buried in mass graves. The government in the State of Tamaulipas says it’s investigating whether the remains are those of bus passengers kidnapped two weeks ago by suspected drug gangs. Police found eight graves in total with one containing forty-three bodies. The bodies were discovered in the same town in which seventy-two central and south-American migrants were found dead in August after drug gangs killed them for refusing to work with them.
As it was to be expected, Javier Sicilia’s letter and the discovery of the bodies in San Fernando were followed by protest marches across Mexico, and let’s dare to say “worldwide”, condemning the crime gangs and the inability of politicians to stem the violence. Thousands of people gathered mainly in Mexico City and Cuernavaca chanting “No more blood” and “Not one more”. In Paris, I repeat, we were just a few but very united and clear about what we want.
What do you think about the way the Mexican government has gone about tackling this problem? Is it doing the right thing? As for me, I’m tired of this idiotic violence.