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Activist demands change: Caravan for Peace concludes at San Jacinto Plaza (with video) | El Paso Times

A Mexican poet and activist along with hundreds of other protesters called for an end to the drug war in Mexico and justice for the families whose lives have been shattered by it.

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at San Jacinto Plaza to conclude the 1,800-mile Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity led by Javier Sicilia, whose son, Juan Fracisco Sicilia Ortega, was found dead in late March with a message presumably signed by the Gulf drug cartel.

Read more here: Activist demands change: Caravan for Peace concludes at San Jacinto Plaza; view video – El Paso Times.

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Javier Sicilia, a Mexican poet and grieving father, led hundreds of activists and reporters last week on a “trail of pain” through some of the most blood-soaked cities of his country’s drug war. The sad-eyed, 54-year-old consoled weeping mothers in ornate colonial plazas after they pleaded with audiences for any news of their missing children. His convoy of tour buses made late-night stops in small towns where people had waited hours in the dangerous dark for a chance to briefly cheer the gentle, disheveled man they hope can relieve their fears.

Read more here: In Mexico, Growing Popular Movement Calls for End to Drug War – Larry Kaplow – International – The Atlantic.

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