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Mexicans arrest suspect in murder of activist's son

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Jan 16 (EFE).- A suspect in the 2011 murder of the son of poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia was arrested in northern Mexico, authorities in Chihuahua state said. Angel Salvador Taboada Villanueva faces charges in the killing of Juan Francisco Sicilia and six other young men, the state police said in a statement. "This subject was detained Tuesday night in the city of Chihuahua by elements of the Unified State Police. For the moment, we are only confirming his arrest," Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office, told Efe.

Mexicans arrest suspect in murder of activist's son

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Jan 16 (EFE).- A suspect in the 2011 murder of the son of poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia was arrested in northern Mexico, authorities in Chihuahua state said. Angel Salvador Taboada Villanueva faces charges in the killing of Juan Francisco Sicilia and six other young men, the state police said in a statement. "This subject was detained Tuesday night in the city of Chihuahua by elements of the Unified State Police. For the moment, we are only confirming his arrest," Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office, told Efe.

Thousands protest against crime in Mexico

Mexico City, Jul 1 (EFE).- Thousands of people took to the streets of Cuernavaca, the capital of Mexico's Morelos state, over the weekend to protest against the wave of violence in the region, officials said. A Morelos state government spokesman told Efe that about 2,000 people turned out for Sunday's silent march, while various media outlets pegged the demonstrators at 5,000 in Cuernavaca, a city about 85 kilometers (52 miles) south of Mexico City.

Mexico opens disputed memorial for drug war victims

Mexico opened a memorial Friday honoring tens of thousands of victims of a brutal drug war, but the garden of towering steel walls has been rejected by some relatives of the dead and missing. Built with funds seized from drug cartels, the memorial was built during the administration of president Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term ended in December and was marked by an escalation of the violence. Although it was completed months ago, the $2.4 million monument was only unveiled on Friday in a park of the sprawling Mexican capital, well after Calderon left office.

Mexico opens disputed memorial for drug war victims

Mexico opened a memorial Friday honoring tens of thousands of victims of a brutal drug war, but the garden of towering steel walls has been rejected by some relatives of the dead and missing. Built with funds seized from drug cartels, the memorial was built during the administration of president Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term ended in December and was marked by an escalation of violence. Although it was completed months ago, the $2.4 million monument was only unveiled now in a park of the sprawling Mexican capital, well after Calderon left office.

Mexico inaugurates memorial to drug-war victims

Mexico City, Apr 5 (EFE).- A memorial to the more than 70,000 people killed in drug-war violence in Mexico since December 2006 was inaugurated Friday in this capital. "To build a Mexico at peace, this place is a reminder that we must accelerate efforts to eliminate all room for violence and impunity," Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said during the ceremony.

Activists want Mexico Bicentennial Monument dedicated to victims of violence

Mexico City, Apr 3 (EFE).- An online campaign launched by human rights activists seeks to turn Mexico's Bicentennial Monument into a memorial to victims of violence, organizers said. Activists want to once again ask the government with the support of the public "to redefine and turn this 'stela of disgrace' into a real center for remembering and for the culture of peace," Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity founder and poet Javier Sicilia said.

Two years after son's murder, Mexican poet wants peace

Mexican poet Javier Sicilia has led massive marches against the war on drugs since his son's murder and a "peace caravan" across the United States, making him a top voice against violence in his country. Two years later, the bearded man with the cowboy hat can no longer write a verse and admits that the weight of the grief caused by so much violence has exhausted him, but he refuses to give up his cause.
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