“Movement for Peace” Holds Silent March in Mexico
On Sunday the ‘Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity’ carried out a silent march against Mexico’s militarization movement to fight organized crime. The demonstration was led by poet Javier Sicilia. Around 3000 people joined the demonstration. The protest took place in downtown Mexico City and ended in the federal district in front of the Mexican Senate.
Prior to the procession, Sicilia protested against the reform of the national security law. According to the writer, the legislation aims to *“legalize military involvement in the actions of public security”*.
The activist said that Mexico needs a security law, which guarantees democracy and peace in the country.
The Mexican activist demanded the creation of a comprehensive law on victims and a legal process to ensure the safety of people and compensate the families of those killed.
During the march, the leader of ‘Movement for Peace’ also expressed his concern about the connection the United States has to illegal arm trafficking in Mexico. He noted that about 2000 illegal weapons enter Mexico every day. Therefore, Sicilia also stressed the importance of regulating the sale of such weapons.
The National Security Act was originally formed by Mexican President Felipe Calderon in April 2009, in order to give new legal powers to the armed forces and police.
However, the security policy imposed by the president has left a total of 40,000 deaths since it took effect in 2006.(PÚLSAR)