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domingo, mayo 15, 2011

Demonstrations Called For June 10 In Ciudad Juarez

Javier Sicilia has announced a June 10th protest in Ciudad Juarez. CNN reports:

A popular Mexican poet who led a massive peace march in the nation's capital last weekend says he's chosen a new battleground for his fight for justice: Ciudad Juarez.

Javier Sicilia said Thursday that he is planning a June 10 protest in the violence-plagued city, which shares a border with El Paso, Texas.

"We must not lose what Juarez symbolizes. ... It is the symbol that the country is torn," said Sicilia, who has become one of the most vocal opponents of Mexico's drug war since his son's killing by suspected cartel members in March.

But Mexico's government has shown no signs of changing its strategy.

On Thursday the country's national security spokesman announced that hundreds of additional troops would be deployed to the border state of Tamaulipas…and also told reporters that top federal officials were willing meet with representatives from Sicilia's Network for Peace and Justice.

About 35,000 people have died in the drug related violence in Mexico since 2006. The Government is unwilling or unable to alter the strategy it has unsuccessfully followed since 2006. Intractably stuck in its policy, the Government refuses to budge. And the narco gangs continue to fight each other and the Government. The movement led by Sicilia is a people’s movement to end the war and to stop the killing.

The question for those of us presently in the US is this: how can we support this movement and urge the US and Mexican governments to take steps to stop the drug war violence. Ideas? Please use the comments.

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Blogger Kerry said...

I am working with the Committee of Visual Resistance for the June 10th activities in Ciudad Juarez. we are asking for artists, activists, concerned citizens from around the globe to send us imagery in the form of protest banners, posters, stickers and even poetry in spanish that speaks of possibilities so that we can make this march one of hope and promise for the future. We would additionally ask that those people who have access to Mexican consulates or embassies in their home town organize parallel protests in support of Mexican Civil society. June 10 promises to be an important turning point in Mexico's history. Each of us from our own profession and with our own talents must find a way to respond. For more information please don't hesitate to contact me at or visit for more general information on the events.

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