Friday, May 11, 2012

Today’s Video: Seeking Justice on Mexico's Mothers Day

Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
---German psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm

On May 10th, the date that is observed as Mother’s Day in Mexico, several thousand protesters from around the country gathered in Mexico City. As seen in the below video, participants in the “March for National Dignity” sought to call attention to victims of the country’s violence such as mothers whose children have “disappeared”:

Among the stories of personal anguish found in the march was that of twin sisters Mitzi and Nitza Alvarado according to Mexican daily Vanguardia.

“We where arriving at a family reunion…when the army got there and took away my uncle, mother-in-law and cousin,” said Mitzi. The twins, who were fourteen at the time of the incident in December 2009, claimed that their mother said, “I’ll be right back” before leaving with the group. That was the last time the teens ever saw their mom.

“They took my son away and they took my life away,” said “Delia”, one of the mothers who marched from the northern department of Torreon in order to take part in the rally in the Mexican capital on Thursday.

Despite her “living a nightmare and in darkness”, she told the press that because of her love as a mother she “will never stop being tired of waiting,” for the return of her missing son.

March organizers urged authorities to actively and fully investigate the whereabouts of their “disappeared” family members. Other demands made included suggesting the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the cases of those who have gone missing as well as creating a national database of all suspected “disappearances”.

Events related to the march where also held in Central American countries such as El Salvador where local immigrants’ rights groups organized a small rally near the Mexican embassy in San Salvador.

Video Source – YouTube via Cadena3Noticias

Online Sources – El Siglo de Torreon, Quoteland, NSS Oaxaca,, Vanguardia

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