Video: Mexicans march for peace

Tens of thousands of people of all social classes and ages marched across Mexico Saturday (August 30th 2008) in protest against high crime levels and rising kidnappings.

Anger has boiled over in the weeks since the death of Fernando Marti, the 14-year-old son of a wealthy businessman, whose body was found after his family reportedly paid millions of dollars to kidnappers.

At least two Mexico City police officers were suspected of involvement, provoking more fury among residents weary of endemic corruption and apparent impunity.

The Calderon government has struggled to show results from its 21-month-old offensive against organized crime.

More than 2,600 people have died this year in drug-related violence, according to unofficial counts by Mexican news outlets. [Los Angeles Times]

3 Responses

  1. I like it very much, Deborah.
    Although I’m very angry ’cause we didn’t see the media and the authorities paying attention to the problem until a rich man’s sons get kindnapped, I think you are showing us the core of the situation: people who have been looking for their relatives, their friends, for years, with no one listening at them.

  2. Hi Deborah:

    I would like to say that I like your video, though that is a little hard with a subject like that. But I do like how you focus on a small number of stories and bring the message home that this problem affects each and everybody in Mexico. I guess everybody knows at least one person who has been kidnapped at one point. A few years ago (and long before I knew her) my wife was kidnapped in a taxi in La Colonia del Valle — she had the good fortune to get thrown out in a remote part of the city after a few hours. My neighbour was kidnapped, because the criminals apparently mistook her for somebody else, and she was freed by taxidrivers. My future brother-in-law was held for three days… I guess one could go on and on.

    Thanks for your report and for showing us the people, not the masses!

  3. Dificil en realidad, ayer vi en un programa que un empresario que se fue a vivir a EU decia con toda seguridad “una vez que has cruzado la frontera, te sientes seguro de verdad”, esa fue una declaración devastadora por lo verdadera que resulta. Muy buen video.

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