Protesters along three border cities on Tuesday held up traffic for 2 hours, demanding that the army leave. This was the largest display against the army’s role in the anti-drug crackdown since President Calderon began deploying soldiers two years ago. Initially, Calderon’s use of the military was popular with the public, but as kidnappings, shootings, and killings remain high, people have begun to lose faith. Human rights activists say these complaints are legitimate, but it is still unclear who is behind the protests.
Julie Watson, 2/17/09