MEXICO CITY – The lead singer of Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 said here that the governments of Mexico and other countries plagued by drug trafficking and violence should address those ills by investing more in education.
“Every time you educate a child, it’s one less who will go on the street and get mixed up in killing someone,” Rene Perez, a.k.a. Residente, said during a Dialogue for Latin America at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM.
It “takes time and that’s why almost no government puts toward education what it should put, because it’s something seen over the the long term,” he said.
Residente criticized Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s militarized approach against drug cartels, a strategy that has resulted in more than 40,000 deaths since December 2006.
“UNAM is a model university, it’s the biggest in Latin America and it was very nice to introduce my video here,” he said after a screening of the video for Calle 13’s “Latinoamerica.”
The song earned the band two of their 10 Latin Grammy nominations and Calle 13 is expected to be among the big winners when the awards are presented at a Nov. 10 gala in Las Vegas.