Thousands march across Mexico to protest violence
Up to 35,000 people in 21 states marched in the capital from the Bellas Artes plaza to the main city square (Zócalo Capitalino) to protest corruption, push for changes in the government’s fight organized crime, and lament the deaths of thousands of innocents across Mexico.
Marches took place in at least 26 other cities as well: Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Pachuca, Tlaxcala, Querétaro, Cancún, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Morelia, Pátzcuaro, Puebla, Xalapa, León, Celaya, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mérida, Durango, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, San Luis Potosí, Torreón, Saltillo, Oaxaca, Colima, Aguascalientes, Culiacán and Monterrey.
In Mexico City, people chanted: “We've had enough! Not one more (Estamos hasta la madre. Ni uno más).” Written on hundreds of distributed pages and cards were the words “No to the war. We are so tired of the impunity, the corruption and blood. Enough with the kidnappings. Indifference is complicity.” The ongoing protests were inspired by an open letter to the government penned by poet Javier Sicilia.
In the letter Javier Sicilia, father of one of the victims of a multiple homicide on March 28 in Morelos, called for protests against violence and corruption associated with the cartel wars.