Original in Spanish, EFE/CNN Mexico with a video report showing the offering. Translation and added photos by Reed Brundage, AMB
Filled with candles and crosses and with written names that tell stories, the monument to the Angel of Independence in Mexico City has become a huge Day of the Dead altar to honor the victims of violence in order, as the poet Javier Sicilia said , "to make the cry of the dead through the living."
Since that day, Sicilia has said that he has left poetry behind and spends all his strength to fight so that other parents do not have to go through the same thing. He organized the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, and has traveled Mexico from north to south to spread its message of peace.
Sicilia returned from the United States, where he was traveling to spread his word and protest to the neighboring country "its responsibility in this war," he said. Although there has been no official response he recounted, "We sowed a seed and we hope they have good ears and understand their historic responsibility for the events in this country."
Sicilia and the Movement demand an end to the anti-crime strategy of President Felipe Calderon that, upon his arrival to power in late 2006, put thousands of soldiers and federal police in the streets.
Victims are among the participants in the vigil, but most are concerned citizens like Areli Armendáriz. He believes that there is "lack of government strategy," or Antonio Vega, who painted white crosses to ask for peace, or Angelica who spent five hours placing crosses and says they lacked hammers.
Music, prayers, words and a fast will occur during the 24 hours of this memorial, and many will pass by until the end of the open air tribute on Tuesday.