Apr 6, 2013

Mexico divided over memorial to drug-war victims

ByAdriana Gomez Licon
Associated Press /  April 5, 2013

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico, a country suffering the turmoil of a drug war, can’t agree on how to honor the victims of a six-year assault on organized crime that has taken as many as 70,000 lives.

The government’s official monument was dedicated Friday, four months after its completion, in a public event where relatives of the missing chased after the dignitaries in tears, pleading for help in finding their loved ones.

Only some victims’ rights groups recognize the monument, while others picked an entirely different monument to place handkerchiefs painted with names and personal messages in protest of the official site, which does not bear a single victim’s name.

‘‘Other organizations asked us for other space because they’re against this one,’’ Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said at the official dedication of the government monument, which consists of steel panels bearing quotes from famous writers and thinkers. ‘‘What took us so long was trying to get agreement among the groups, and we failed.’’  Read more. 

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