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Hundreds of Mexicans March for Release of Jailed Drug Lord

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman was captured by authorities last Saturday during a raid in Mazatlan, Mexico after a 13-year manhunt.

While most of the world cheered the violent drug lord's capture, hundreds of Mexicans marched on Wednesday in Culiacan, Mexico for his release, noted the New York Daily News.

The mostly young crowd carried signs that read "We want Shorty Freed," "We Demand No Extradition" and "We respect El Chapo More Than Any Elected Official."

Teen boys wore white t-shirts with written support for "El Chapo," while teen girls yelled, "Chapo, Chapo."

One teen girl carried a sign that said, "Chapo, give me a child."

Daniel Garcia, an unemployed 20-year-old, told Reuters that the drug lord provides jobs for young people.

"The government doesn't give any job opportunities," said Garcia. "The situation is, honestly, really difficult and he helps out the young people, giving them jobs."

Guzman and his Sinaloa cartel are reportedly responsible for thousands of killings in Mexico and shipping billions of dollars worth of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana to the U.S.

Eventually police waded into the jeering crowd, which threw water bottles at them. In response, police doused them with pepper spray.

Sources: New York Daily News and Reuters


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