16th of September Muted by Raging Violence

From the El Paso Times - JUAREZ - Tonight, when Mexico commemorates the bicentennial of its independence, some of its residents will be forced to celebrate quietly at home. For the first time in the history of Juárez, city officials canceled the traditional Grito de Independencia, or shout for independence, because of drug-related violence. Instead, the mayor of the violence-torn city asked residents to watch the formal ceremony on television. "They want us to watch it from home, but it is not the same," said Roberto Aldana, 40. The Juárez resident has taken his children to the city's celebration every year. It usually is attended by at least 10,000 people. Read more here:


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