Since Sicilia’s son’s death, the 54-year-old has become the leader of a growing popular movement against the militarized drug war he believes has been doomed by a corrupt system. Forty thousand have been killed and another 10,000 gone missing since the drug war was launched in 2006, and the violence is spreading to previously quiet areas. Sicilia’s “Citizens Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” aims to publicize victims’ pain, with many openly weeping at rallies. Ultimately, the coalition wants the drug war demilitarized, and discussions opened about legalizing drugs and halting US assistance to the Mexican military. Read more on the campaign in the Atlantic.
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