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The Movement Inspired by Javier Sicilia and Family Members of Drug War Victims Is Already Achieving Policy Changes

By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

August 2, 2011

Reporters, perhaps more than others in society, view Mexico as the country of “no pasa nada,” a land where nothing changes, where injustice and misery are here to stay, and where nobody can do anything about it. The world’s most cynical profession has thus had a difficult time reporting on the nonviolent movement of drug war victims that appeared four months ago and in recent days already won concrete advances on the road to a yet greater victory: Stopping the war on Mexico and Mexicans that is misnamed as the “war on drugs.”

When, after the brutal murder of seven youths near Cuernavaca in late March, including Juan Francisco Sicilia, 24, son of poet and journalist Javier Sicilia, a movement began to stir, most international correspondents in Mexico simply ignored it. Others made it a one- or two-sentence afterthought in their breathless serial scare stories about bloodbaths, shootouts, and mass graves in Mexico’s narco wars: “Headless bodies found in topless bar: Oh, and by the way, there was a quaint protest march against it, and led by a poet.”



What do you think about the drug war violence in Juarez, Mexico?

Here’s the entire episode that aired tonight (and continues to air this week) on Al Jazeera English.

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Using the hash tag #reynosafollow, a twitter user called gromerog reports (in Spanish) that: “There’s like 9 trucks with armed people at the entrance of delnosa at arachina south.”

The idea that citizens would use twitter to report this kind of information or to “decide whether it is safe to send the kids to school on a given day” would have been unheard of five years ago, Bustamante says.

But the conflict is changing Mexico, technology is changing journalism and the confluence of those factors has led to the emergence of a social media movement, where anonymous citizens are trying to help each other navigate an increasingly brutal terrain.”

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