Mexicans on 2nd Crusade against Violence

Mexico City,  (Prensa Latina) The second people´s crusade against crime, known as the “Consolation Caravan” will travel from Cuernavaca to Ciudad Juarez on Saturday to demand justice, peace and a new government anti-crime strategy, organizers confirmed.

Called by poet Javier Sicilia, activists, relatives and victims of violence in Mexico will again take to the countryâ�Ös roads to cover 12 cities and reach the U.S. border, where they will sign a peopleâ�Ös pact in Ciudad Juarez on Friday, June 10.

The document demands the solving of cases of killings and disappearances, the end of the war strategy for fighting crime, and a public safety approach to fighting corruption, impunity and the economic causes of crime.

President Felipe Calderon, the Mexican Congress and representatives of political parties, churches, labor unions and businesses have been called to signed the pact, according to local press reports.

The caravan is expected to cover 3,000 km from Cuernavaca to Mexico City, Toluca, Morelia, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Saltillo, Monterrey, Torreon and Chihuahua, said organizers.

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, organizing the protest, will be backed by another 400 civil society organizations to challenge the federal government and the political class to implement change.

The killing of Siciliaâ�Ös son by a criminal gang on March 28 triggered his call to fight violence and demand deep changes in the Mexican State and its social fabric.

Two months later, authorities detained 13 people allegedly involved in the crime, but Javier Sicilia said the movement will go on demanding justice for the nearly 40,000 families of victims of violence in the last four years.

In early May, civil organizations, families of the wounded, dead or disappeared, as well as writers and artists joined an initial protest caravan from Cuernavaca to the main square (El Zocalo) in Mexico City, and similar demonstrations were staged in another 33 Mexican cities and 15 abroad.


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