ACAPULCO, Mexico – Some 50 clowns marched with their family and friends on Monday to demand an end to the wave of violence that has hit Acapulco, a Pacific resort city in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.
The clowns marched along one of Acapulco’s main avenues dressed in white with their faces painted, carrying balloons that formed the word “peace.”
“We want peace, we are tired of so much violence,” clown Tallarin de la Sopa Aguada (Noodle of the Watered-down Soup) told reporters, who asked him about the high levels of violence in Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most violent cities, according to official figures.
The clowns condemned the murder of a juggler earlier this year, as well as the fact that the high levels of violence have made them lose work opportunities.
According to women’s organizations, Acapulco was the most dangerous city for women in Mexico in 2017, when 144 femicides were reported.
The non-profit Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice said in March that Acapulco was one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, along with the resort town of Los Cabos, in the state of Baja California Sur.