Sunday, May 8, 2011


Javier Sicilia's March for Peace is making its way toward the Zócalo in Mexico City. In speeches ahead of their arrival, Sicilia called for the demilitarization of the war on drugs, though "not overnight."

He also dismissed the potential of all of the likely presidential candidates from any party to address Mexico's problems. Instead, he called for them to stand aside in favor of a citizen candidate. ("Not me, of course", he added.) That will certainly not happen, and I think the leaders of such protests would do better to try to make the political class more responsive rather than searching for ways to bypass it altogether.

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