TONIGHT: Emergency Candlelight Vigil for Student Massacre in Juarez

Paul Blasenheim ’12 writes in:

“An on-campus group of students working to end the war on drugs will gather tomorrow night on the steps of Olin Library at Wesleyan University for a silent vigil to honor the recent victims of a drug cartel-related massacre which claimed the lives of 16 people, mostly students. This vigil is part of an international day of protest to stop the escalating drug war violence in Mexico and change U.S. drug policies.”

  • Who: Wesleyan Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Date: TONIGHT — Thursday, February 11
  • Time: 8:30 – 9:00 in the P.M.
  • Place: Olin Library steps

Background: Since President Felipe Calderon announced his war on drugs and drug cartels in 2007, more than 10,000 people have been murdered in Mexico. January and February have already proven to be two of the deadliest months for the country after 14 high school students celebrating a soccer team victory and birthday were gunned down by drug gangs in Ciudad Juarez last week.

Many are expected to take part in the vigil to honor those killed. Standing in candlelight, the mourners will read the names of those killed, and stand in silence for 82 seconds, matching the number of bullet shells found at the scene. The vigil is just one of dozens taking place simultaneously around the world including Washington, D.C, San Francisco, Vancouver, and London.