Today in Latin American History
200,000 Mexicans Protested the Mexican Drug War in 2011
Photo: Drug war protest
Today in Latin American history, 200,000 Mexicans protested the 38,000 who have died during the Mexican Drug War in 2011.
Mexicans in at least 25 of the country’s 31 states protested to “stop the war, for a just and peaceful Mexico.” Some protesters marched 100 km to Mexico City.
Protests also took place in cities in Europe, Canada, the United States, and Brazil.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River and named it “Río de Espíritu Santo” in 1541
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo who was a leader of the Mexican War of Independence was born in 1753
- Today in LatAm history, US defeated Mexican forces at the Battle of Palo Alto when during the Mexican-American war in 1846
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian Olympian João Havelange who was the 7th President of FIFA football was born in 1916
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player Mike Cuellar who played for the Baltimore Orioles was born in 1937
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian physician Vital Brazil who found serum to treat venomous snake bites died in 1950
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Lucio who plays for national team & Internazionale was born in 1978
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican baseball player Fernando Valenzuela pitched his 5th shutout with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981
- Today in LatAm history, Salvadoran guerrillas sabotaged a power system to pressure the government towards a cease-fire in 1991