Another forum of talk; where is the action? Who will take the first step?
Los Angeles, A forum held today at the California State University Northridge (CSUN) addressed the negative impact of the “drug war” in the communities along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.The event entitled “Mexican exiles and the First Amendment” met a lawyer who specializes in political asylum cases of Mexicans and Mexican activist civil rights advocate, currently in exile in USA, who witnessed the impact of violence on the southern border.
The civil rights activist Saul Reyes Salazar explained the difficulties faced by many of its citizens and said that the early days in El Paso, Texas, where he now lives with his wife and children after receiving asylum, were the first in a time “where I could sleep through the night without having nightmares”
The activist claimed that the inhabitants of cities such as Ciudad Juarez, where he resided, and other Mexican cities bordering the U.S. – are suffering in the midst of the struggle between drug traffickers and the army and police of Mexico.
Reyes Salazar not only criticized the drug violence but also the military actions of the Mexican police and innocent people, which is becoming “collateral damage” of war.
In Guadeloupe, a small village near Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, the activist was 180 dead, 26 missing and eight unidentified bodies that were left stranded.
His family began receiving threats when he began to criticize the violence and the militarization of the city. And not only threats: six members of his family have been killed since 2008, why we asked for political asylum.
For immigration lawyer Carlos Spector, experience helping victims of violence also has been impressive. He explained that 21 activists of the civil rights defenders have been killed in the state of Chihuahua since joining the army in 2008.
“The Mexican border communities are terrorized by drug cartels, police and Mexican army and an economic model designed to destroy their economic survival,” noted José Luis Benavides, head of the journalism department at CSUN.