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Mexican bicentennial falling short on fervor

Sep 12, 2010 11:52:00 PM - thestate.com

There are the bicentennial buses. Bicentennial roads. A bicentennial marathon. A bicentennial song. The bicentennial digital library. A bicentennial video game. Even a bicentennial bird, the mountain trogan, and plant, the owl agave. And of course the bicentennial fireworks extravaganza, planned to be the largest the country has ever seen.

What appears to be missing is bicentennial enthusiasm.

By accident of timing, as Mexico approaches the 200th anniversary on Thursday of the start of its rebellion against Spain, the national mood has sunk into its deepest funk in years.

A four-year drug war has taken more than 28,000 lives and seeped into previously quiet corners of the country. The bloodiest town, Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, canceled celebratory fireworks out of safety concerns. So did at least two dozen other towns.