06/13/2011

Mexican activist wants U.S. law enforcement held accountable

Sicila's peace caravan asks for end to Merida Initiative

By Alfredo Corchado
Dallas Morning News

EL PASO — Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, bringing his peace caravan to U.S. soil, said Saturday that the United States needs to halt the flow of illegal weapons, cut its demand for illegal drugs, and suspend its 40-year war on drugs, which he said is only generating bloodshed in Mexico and forcing thousands to flee north.

The caravan ended its six-day journey Saturday by crossing the border into El Paso, one of the safest U.S. cities and home to tens of thousands of Mexicans who have left their homeland in the past three years. Sicilia's son was among an estimated 40,000 people killed in criminal violence since late 2006.

Gathered at San Jacinto Plaza downtown, members of the peace movement came with a message: Help us change Mexico. Many said they want to rebuild their homeland into a nation where laws are enforced, politicians are held accountable, and corruption is eradicated.

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