University student Dario Alvarez, age 19, marched against the militarization of Juarez on October 29. Two Federal Police fired into the crowd, shooting him in the back and seriously wounding him. This incident has not received extensive press coverage in the United States. I immediately set a Google alert but have received few indicators of news reports. If you haven't heard of Dario, it's not your fault.
On November 2, thousands of students and citizens overcame fear that they would be similarly attacked and took to the streets to protest this incident. Their message:
What they do to one of us, they do to all of us.
The video conveys the mood. What valor! Each of these students took their lives in their hands. Note: As is becoming common in Mexico, people mask their faces in an effort to avoid violent reprisals. There is much to learn by watching, even if you don't speak Spanish:
Calling this Mexican siege a "drug cartel war" is, quite simply, inaccurate. Most of the nearly 30,000 victims are innocent civilian bystanders in a bloody, bloody stream of violence.
The Federal Police who shot Dario receive our government's funding. The incident is reminiscent of the 1960's at Kent State. The government is spinning the story, but human rights groups insist with one voice that the incident was a clear violation.
Amidst the outrage, I'm inspired by the heroic bravery of the citizens of Juarez.