Thousands demonstrated in the streets of Mexico’s biggest cities against the wave of drug trafficking violence that has left 35,000 dead since 2006. The protests were organized by writer and journalist Javier Sicilla, whose son was one of seven people killed this week in the city of Cuernavaca, Mileno and CDN report.
Protesters marched carrying candles, balloons, and signs with messages like “no more blood” and “no war,” Terra explains.
According to Proceso, Sicilia urged the military to leave the streets and return to their barracks and called on drug traffickers to “calm down” and “go back to their codes of honor.”
Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.