Almost 7,000 people held a peaceful march in Puerto Vallarta on Sunday, December 14, along the Malecón.
The peaceful march was organized by catholic groups to make the statement that the Mexican people live in fear of organized crime and the country deserves stronger families and stronger government for peace.
Protesters carried signs that read “If we are at peace, we win” and “Save Us Our Lady of Guadalupe” and singing religious songs.
Marching from the Municipal Stadium to City Hall the group carried banners and balloons and wore white scarves and clothing.
Juan Luis Casillas Martínez, from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tepic, said “Peace is not only the absence of war; it’s also the coexistence of all people in a society governed by truth and justice”.
“We are all part of the problem, so we are all part of the solution,” said Martinez. “We have allowed the inequalities, dishonesty, disrespect, and distrust to begin in our homes and our families.”
The country has been outraged since 43 student teachers went missing in the State of Guerrero on September 26, 2014.
Marches and protests have since then become a daily event throughout the country and in the capital of Mexico City, Federal District. Local universities and social organizations have held several peaceful marches in Puerto Vallarta without incident.
Recent evidence suggests the 43 missing students were burnt at a city dump on the orders of the local mayor, who has been arrested along with his wife.