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Protesters Marching 300 Miles Through Baja to Call for End to Violence


Aired 4/19/09

A group of marchers is demanding an end to violence in Baja California. The contingent of about 40 protestors set out from south of Ensenada over the weekend. They plan to walk their message all the way to Mexicali, the state capitol, more than 300 miles away. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

March organizer Alberto Capella says the protest will not stop the violence that plagues Tijuana. Speaking from his cell phone en route to Ensenada, he says it is more deplorable to stay silent. Capella says the message is three fold.

Capella says first, the march is for the victims. Second, he hopes to encourage Mexican citizens to speak out. And third, it is to say loudly and clearly to the government – "we are not satisfied."

Capella say government and law enforcement officials have done little to combat crime in the state. Late last week, federal authorities said they’d send about $1.3 million 200 more federal agents to Tijuana to help crackdown on crime. Capella says that’s a start, but its not enough. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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