A caravan of Mexican anti-violence protesters arrived in the United States over the weekend calling for a massive shift in U.S. drug policy. Mexican poet, Javier Sicilia, led the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity following the brutal murder of his 24-year-old son by drug traffickers earlier this year. The caravan's demands include an end to the Merida Initiative, in which the United States provides training and support for the Mexican army in its "war on drugs." Democracy Now! interviews Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Policy Program of the Center for International Policy, airs an excerpt from her interview with Sicilia as she traveled with him to document the caravan’s journey.

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