MEXICO CITY, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to Mexican streets to demand government action in the face of the nation's growing crime wave, rally organizers say.
In Mexico City, marchers dressed in white and carrying flowers packed the Paseo de la Reforma to pressure Mexican leaders to do something about kidnappings and killings that generally are drug-related but often involve police corruption, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
Mexican news outlets unofficial counts say more than 2,600 people have died this year in drug-related violence.
"I want the president to do something -- it's in his hands. Save Mexico," said Leticia Martinez, 44, referring to President Felipe Calderon, whose publicized anti-corruption drive has failed to stem the tide in a period approaching two years.
Two weeks ago, Calderon, along with Mexican governors and police officials, announced new anti-crime measures. His plan included the construction of more prisons that would include special areas for convicted kidnappers -- as well as providing more resources for local law enforcement.
"We don't want more promises. We want security," said Laura Elena Herrejon, one of the march organizers.