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Thousands of Mexicans Protest Kidnapping Crime Wave

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.


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gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 8 years
i love when people come together for stuff like this... that's one of the many reasons why i love my good old Mexico!!!
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
this is sooo sad and heartbreaking. :( I wish that the corruption would stop!
teagirl teagirl 8 years
OH my goodness, it is so inspiring to see all of those citizens show they've had enough!! These stories of kidnappings are tragic and I hope the situations gets better FAST for the sake of all those innocent people just trying to live their lives. I think this is a good step in the right direction.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i can't see how the government could choose to turn their heads and not take some type of action against this issue. it's something that's been discussed and protested against and rallied for many times in the past yet there's really been no change. i think that it's starting to hit home here in the US more since we're hearing more about it and want to figure out solutions since we're all afraid of what implications it could have to our kids. hopefully this mass rally will make a change, although the points above about how coruption is running rampant - you just don't know if it will ever be different.
YayaOzoHead YayaOzoHead 8 years
Right on UnDave and lol @ stephley. The corruption in Mexico is so deeply seeded that I don't know if anything but another Revolution will help. The only times Mexico has ever made any progress has been when the people decide to take the power back into their hands.
stephley stephley 8 years
Then come show us how it's done.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Go residents of Mexico! Take your country back from the corrupt political machine that is the Mexican government.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Omg, sad. :( '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.”' They need to get Rudy Giuliani down there! And I really feel that Mexico doesn't take crime against women and rapes seriously at all.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
VIVA MEXICO! yes, it is getting worse, those kidnappers are getting dumber and badder... they don't know how to get the victim alive! and they spend they few days in jail (if they get caught) getting trained or something because this is getting worse!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I hope their efforts go rewarded and elected officials do something to protect the people they represent. 2700 killings and 300 kidnappings? That's a crime epidemic.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
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