In response to the rising numbers of murders and kidnappings throughout Mexico, citizens took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands this weekend to call attention to this problem. The rallies took place in all of Mexico’s 32 states and more than 150,000 gathered in Mexico city alone.
The last straw may have been earlier this week when a dozen decapitated bodies were found in the Yucatan Peninsula. This horrific incident is in addition to the 2,700 killings and 300 kidnappings already this year. The marches were designed to spur elected officials who seem either unwilling or unable to combat this crisis, to action.
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The marchers were dressed in white and walked in silence along Mexico City’s main boulevard holding candles or lanterns. Others carried flags to symbolize the national unity in fighting this wave of crime. One woman, whose daughter was kidnapped and never heard from again said: “The most frustrating thing has been the indolence of many of the authorities, their insensitivity.”
Last week many of Mexico’s security and political leaders drew up a 74-point plan to reduce crime. Among their ideas were firing corrupt police officers, providing security forces with more powerful weapons, new prisons and methods to stem money-laundering and drug-trafficking.