Narco News has a statement from Javier Sicilia and the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity.
They’ve been working to stop the drug war (in particular, the use of military against citizens) in Mexico and have tried to work with CalderÃ³n and Congress, but are furious since it appears the government has paid lip service to their concerns, while drafting additional legislation to allow even more war powers within the country.
After the agreements we made with the Mexican Congress on July 28 in Chapultepec Castle, we have come, as agreed, to the home of the legislators who claim to represent us in order to renew the word that they gave. Unfortunately, on August 3rd, Wednesday morning, we were surprised to learn that the deputies approved a draft version of the National Security Law that had previously been sent to the Senate, against our demand to stop the law, against our warning to them that they not tell us one thing in public and do the opposite behind the closed doors of a bureaucracy and amid the dark goings-on of power, against the weight of the Word. […]
When the deputies approved the Senateâ€™s draft of the law on August 2, Tuesday evening, what they really did was continue the process of unconstitutional legalization of the current administrationâ€™s war strategy, and to therefore, continue the war. And when they asked for forgiveness, under the sacred Word, they didnâ€™t know what they were saying; it was only out of a unconscious disdain for not just our 50,000 dead, our more than 10,000 disappeared and our more than 120,000 displaced, but it was also out of a disdain for the love that Octavio Paz refers to. It is a disdain for flesh and bone human beings who are living in the nation today, and who tomorrow, under the auspices of the law, will swell the graves of the dead and the criminalsâ€™ reserve army. […]
Why did the deputies, only a few hours after they began the work of having a dialogue with our movement, while National Autonomous University of Mexico specialists and human rights defenders were preparing a project that would actually work in favor of peace and public security, hurry in approving a law legalizing a war that is imposed by the United States and is a source of so many tears and so much pain?
We reiterate that weâ€™ve not only had it up to here with the war, but also with the deception and the simulation that make it possible and accompany it.[…]
We are going to mobilize and call on you, brothers and sisters of our nation, to mobilize with us on Sunday, August 14 and beyond so we can together raise the national flag, the â€œwhite flagâ€ against the war, to again insist on what State powers and the criminals do not understand: that we do not want one more death, not one more person disappeared, not one more person tortured, that we want a Mexico where each place is suitable, where each hour is favorable, for us to look each other in the eye and love one another.
Mobilization next Sunday.
It’s so important for the people to step up and not let their government continue its thirst for war. And we have to do more to stop the United States’ desire to impose war on everyone else.
We urge the executive and legislative branches to return to the dialogue by showing an authentic willingness to listen to the citizens so that together we can bring peace. We remind them of the words of Mahatma Gandhi: â€œThere is no way to peace, peace is the way.â€