Mexicans go out to protest against violence and the drug war
"Calderón murderer of young people"
Thousands of Mexicans in more then 30 cities throughout the country went out to the streets on Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate against the violence that has stirred up since the Mexican government offensive to fight the drug cartels and that has claimed in four years more then 35,000 lives.
The nationwide protest was called by the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, after his son Juan Francisco, 24, was murdered along with four close friends on March 28th in the city of Cuernavaca, 90 kilometers south of Mexico City. Later, police also found the bodies of two close relatives of one of Sicilia’s slain friend.
Protesters gathered in front of Fine Arts Museum (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
In Mexico City, the protesters gathered in the front entrance of the Fine Arts Museum (Palacio de Bellas Artes), few minutes before 17:00 hrs local time (22:00 GMT) where many began to chant: No More blood!, Out Calderon! and held signs where it read Not one more!
A man with a loudspeaker standing in the main stairway of the Fine Arts Museum began to criticize and blame the government and its policies for the increasing violence in many parts of the country.
“Fellow citizen we are gathered here to protest the criminal policy of the federal government. We all know that this rotten government has ties with the organized crime. This government has been the worst to run the country. We are fed up that they are killing and slaughtering our young people !” [See video bellow]
Around 17:15 hours (22:15 GMT) the group of protesters began to head out towards the city main square (El Zócalo), shouting chants such as: No More blood, we had enough…! Violence with violence is also a crime…!, They die a whole lot for looking after the Americans…! [See video below]. Other claims made by many protesters is the end of the drug war and urging drugs legalization.
Mass protest in downtown Mexico City
Video shot by the author of this blog
Once in the main square, in front of a small platform Mexican actor, Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Mexican actress, Ofelia Medina read a letter written by the poet and afflicted father, Javier Sicilia, where he demanded that the armed forces should get off the streets and return to the barracks; that the government and politicians in general do their job to restore and assure security and justice for all the Mexicans, and noted, if they can’t, they should resign. He urged to the young people to unite and make use of the social media networks and the Internet, to organized, convoke and go out to the streets, and that they should keep in mind that the youth has always moved mountains and have returned the hope to humanity, as we have seen it today in other latitudes, and that they should take over the present and decide the fate of the nation that they would like to have.
A number of speaker expressed, as well their views of the state of the country, others read a series of poems. The protest act ended few minutes before 20:00 local time (1:00 GMT).
Here more images of Mexico City's demostration
No more blood
Tears and long faces on some of the attendees