Dozens of Mexican women have spent the day on which their country celebrates mothers by demanding that authorities find their missing sons and daughters _ most whom have disappeared in drug-torn regions.
About 300 mothers and other relatives of missing victims traveled from other states to Mexico City on Thursday to march along the capital's main avenue on Mother's Day. The protesters chanted, "They took them alive, and alive we want them."
Mexico's government doesn't release statistics on disappeared victims in the armed offensive against drug cartels.
But the Mexico investigator for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says more than 5,000 Mexicans have filed missing-person reports with police in a nation where many people don't trust authorities enough to file such reports.