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Activists urge US to stop arms pouring into Mexico

Monday - 4/29/2013, 6:48pm  ET

Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia walks past riot police as he tries to make his way to the U.S. Embassy to deliver thousands of signatures and a letter in Mexico, City, Monday April 29, 2013. The signatures and the letter, condemning the illegal sale of U.S. weapons into Mexico were supposed to have been flown by a blimp flown remotely by the Post for Peace organization but was unable to fly to the embassy due to technical problems. The signatures were eventually hand delivered by the organizers. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican anti-violence activists have released a blimp as part of a campaign to urge President Barack Obama to stop arms trafficking into Mexico.

Peace activist Javier Sicilia and the Mexico chapter of Amnesty International say the blimp is part of a "virtual" campaign to put attention on the problem of guns ahead of Obama's visit to Mexico on Thursday.

Sicilia and other activists are urging Mexicans to tweet with the hashtag "Goodbye to weapons." The slogan is printed on the blimp, which traveled from outside the Museum of Memory and Tolerance to the U.S. Embassy.

Sicilia said Monday that activists hope to collect 1 million signatures urging Obama and Mexican President Pena Nieto to discuss halting the flow of weapons into Mexico.

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