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Mexicans demand an end to drug deaths

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Mexicans demand an end to drug deaths


Thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets to protest against the country’s raging drug war as dozens of bodies have been uncovered in graves close to the border with the US.

Demonstrators want an end to the strife, which has claimed 37,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006.

Prosecutors say 59 bodies have been found in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Javier Sicilia is a journalist and father of Francisco Sicilia, a victim of the violence. He organised the rally in Cuernavaca and told reporters:

“We have to make it clear to authorities that we don’t want one more destroyed boy, a boy fallen to the corruption of violence and idiocy. We don’t want one more boy corrupted by drug trafficking or by organised crime. Or by the by-product of organised crime.”

Investigators believe the victims were abducted from a bus on March 25.

Figures published by Mexican media suggest that 3,220 people have been murdered in the first three months of 2011.

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