As vicious criminal gangs battle the Mexican military and each other for the immense cash reserves produced by U.S. prohibition policies, the nation to America’s south has become increasingly concerned that fighting has begun to consume their whole society.

But on Sunday, the people took a stand, amassing thousands in the streets of Mexico City for a loud and painful display of how they feel about the drug war. Responding to a call for protest by Javier Sicilia — a journalist who’s sons were tortured and killed by cartel members — they gathered to call on Mexican President Felipe Calderon to immediately fire his security minister and take steps to secure the nation.

Over 1,400 people have met violent deaths in Mexico over the last month alone, according to reports. More than 36,000 have died since Calderon announced his plan to begin fighting back against the cartels.

This video is from Al Jazeera English, broadcast Monday, May 9, 2011. Click here to read more.