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Tijuana Doctors, Citizens Groups Protest Violence

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Aired 4/19/09

A handful of citizens groups and doctors took to the streets in Tijuana today to once again urge the government to crack down on drug cartel violence and kidnappings in the border city. It’s the second time in a week doctors have stopped work to demand peace. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

About 100 doctors in white coast and people who held photos of the missing gathered on a traffic circle on one of Tijuana's main boulevards.

They called for the government to stop paying lip service and to actually do something to free Tijuana from the drug cartel's grip.

Diana Sanchez's 18 year old brother was kidnapped in Tijuana a month ago.

Her family has moved from San Diego to Tijuana to keep vigil.

Sanchez: And the FBI knows about it, but they can't do anything because it’s not their territory. And the Mexican government won't do anything. Want my brother back.

Citizens groups say at least 118 people have been kidnapped in Tijuana since January. U.S. citizens are not targeted because of their nationality.

The Mexican government has vowed to use new strategies to combat the problem.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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