At the end of March, there were held several activities to commemorate the third anniversary of the emergence of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD, which brings together victims and relatives of the disappeared and murdered by organized crime and State security forces). At the Monument of Light–or the Monument to Peace–in Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, relatives of victims carried banners with the names of their loved ones which they then put on display at the monument. “For historical and moral reasons,” the MPJD changed the name of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Boulevard to 28 March Boulevard.
It should be recalled that the MPJD was created on this day following the murder of the son of the poet Javier Sicilia, the founder of the MPJD. Since then, the writer has led several caravans in Mexico and the United States together with relatives of victims.
On this third anniversary, Sicilia assured that despite the government’s promises, “we continue in the middle of a war, with the disappearances, the murders, the kidnappings, the extortion, and the memory of the victims totally erased.” He furthermore denounced that the State criminalizes self-defense groups: “The form in which they have been managing Michoacán is a true travesty. I ask the authorities: whom do you serve? Because to us it is far from clear. It seems to us to be the criminalization of people they had previously recognized; now they betray them.”
For more information (in Spanish):
El Movimiento por la Paz acusa que el gobierno criminaliza a autodefensas(CNN México, 27 de marzo de 2014)
Conmemoran aniversario de multihomicidio en Morelos (El Universal, 28 de marzo de 2014)
Movimiento por la Paz: terco como la memoria (Desinformémonos, marzo de 2014)
Galería de fotos (marzo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
National: Commemoration of two years of the MPJD (8 April 2013)