A whole bunch of ladies have taken to the streets of Mexico Metropolis to protest the grisly murder and mutilation of a younger lady, spray portray “we won’t be silenced” on the capital’s Nationwide Palace and going through off with riot police.
The killing final weekend of Ingrid Escamilla, of Mexico Metropolis, comes as Mexico is grappling with an increase in gender-related assaults. Her boyfriend, who has been arrested, purportedly confessed to killing the 25-year-old with a knife, mutilating her physique and flushing a part of her corpse into the sewer. However the outrage over the dying has grown after some native media revealed images of Escamilla’s skinned corpse, apparently leaked by law enforcement officials.
“It enrages us how Ingrid was killed, and how the media put her body on display,” the protesters mentioned in a press release learn aloud Friday through the demonstrations.
“It enrages us that the public judges us, saying ‘this isn’t the right way to express your rage,'” they added. “We are not mad, we are furious.”
Protesters Friday morning first spray-painted slogans reminiscent of “we won’t be silenced” on the facade and doorway of the capital’s Nationwide Palace as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held his every day information convention inside.
Hours later a whole bunch marched to the workplaces of a media outlet that revealed photographs of the crime scene, and a newspaper truck exterior was set ablaze. Some spray-painted the plastic shields of riot officers as the group chanted “Not one more murdered!” and “Justice!” Police unleashed pepper spray in response.
Within the night, these remaining walked down the central Reforma boulevard, the place some bus cease home windows had been shattered and indicators vandalized.
About 10 ladies are killed every day throughout Mexico, the federal government and activists say. Final yr, there have been 3,825 in all, up 7 p.c from 2018, in accordance with federal figures.
Not solely have assaults on ladies in Mexico grow to be extra frequent, however they’ve additionally grow to be extra grisly, the Related Press reported. In September, a younger feminine musician within the southern state of Oaxaca was burned with acid by two males who testified they had been employed by a former politician and businessman who allegedly had an affair together with her.
Previously, ladies’s protests in Mexico Metropolis had been criticized for damaging historic monuments and metropolis infrastructure, however the injury Friday was minor, and criticism nearly non-existent.
As an alternative, officers condemned media retailers for publishing the images and mentioned they had been investigating police who could have taken the photographs with their cellphones on the crime scene.
The Inside Division mentioned in a press release it “condemns the publication and distribution of such material, given that it re-victimizes people and promotes sensationalism and morbid curiosity. It is an attack on the dignity, privacy, and identity of the victims and their families.”
The president mentioned Friday morning from the colonial-era palace amid the protests that such killings had been hate crimes and “an act of brutal machismo.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.