Mexico's President Defends Attack On Organized Crime

Mexico City – President Felipe Calderon says all government officials should apologize for not being able to defend the victims of drug violence but that he won't apologize for deploying thousands of federal forces to drug hot spots.

Calderon made an impassioned defense of his strategy Thursday in a meeting with poet Javier Sicilia and other victims of violence. They are demanding he take the military off the streets and focus on cleaning up police forces.

Calderon says he doesn't regret his strategy to fight organized crime, despite calls to end a confrontation that has killed at least 35,000 during his administration.

Sicilia started his movement after his innocent son was killed by drug traffickers in March.

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