Several local organizations, including Sacramento Labor Council for Latin American Advancement AFL-CIO, Union Civica Primero de Mayo, Orgaizacion de Trabajadores Agricolas de California “Project VOZ” and Frente de Mexicanos en El Exterior (FME), will hold a peaceful demonstration Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the U.S. District Courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento.
The groups will protest a meeting President Obama plans to hold with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and express the community’s deep concerns over the severe impact of legislation passed by Congress in 2008 known as the Merida Initiative, or Plan Mexico. The plan is a $2.3 billion security-aid package. It provides Mexican armed forces with military arms, Bell helicopters, two CASA 235 maritime patrol planes and sophisticated surveillance inspection and security equipment.
Fatima Garcia of FME says, “Given the strong allegations involving the Mexican armed forces and the local municipal police, and indications of complicity in the recent assassinations of Mexican students in addition to the kidnapping of the 43 Mexican student teachers on September 26, any aid to the Mexican government will be viewed as complicit to the crimes of that government.”
The students, who disappeared in the Mexican state of Iguana, Guerrero, are believed to have been murdered by an organized crime group with ties to law enforcement authorities in that region.
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