Dozens injured as feminist protesters clash with police in Mexico’s capital

03/08/2021

The Los Angeles Times

MEXICO CITY — Volatile protests engulfed Mexico’s capital on Monday as police clashed with thousands of feminist activists calling for an end to what they say is a crisis of violence against women here.


In Mexico City’s central square, known as the Zócalo, police tear-gassed protesters who defaced city office buildings and used crowbars and hammers to tear down parts of a 12-foot-tall steel barrier erected around the National Palace, the center of Mexico’s federal government and the home of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Authorities said at least 62 police officers and 19 civilians were injured.

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A Women’s March in Mexico City Turns Violent, With at Least 81 Injured

03/08/2021

Source: The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — Hundreds of women marched on Mexico’s seat of government Monday, some carrying their children, others blowtorches, bats and hammers, prepared for a confrontation they hoped would force the country to tackle rampant violence against women.

The International Women’s Day protest was fueled by anger at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has backed a politician accused by several women of rape in a country that suffers some of the world’s worst rates of gender violence. Despite a rift within the governing party over the issue, Mr. López Obrador has supported the politician ahead of June elections.

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Women in Mexico are protesting femicide. Police have responded with force.

3/9/2021

Source: The Washington Post

Femicide protests in Mexico City turned violent Monday after women clashed with riot police stationed outside the National Palace, the residence of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Activists say he’s failed to take rampant sexual violence seriously, even as it’s led to the deaths of 10 women a day.

López Obrador, also known by the acronym AMLO, dismissed the protests that coincided with International Women’s Day, arguing they were spurred by his conservative opponents. But the populist president with left-wing origins, who has long had tense relationships with feminist movements, has in recent weeks stoked the anger of many women for his support of a gubernatorial candidate accused of sexual assault, alongside continuing high cases of gender-based violence.

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Advocates paint names of female violence victims on barriers in Mexico

03/07/2021

Source: The Hill

Women’s advocates on Saturday painted the names of female victims of violence on barriers that were erected in front of Mexico’s national palace ahead of a protest planned for International Women’s Day.

Activists displayed the words “Victims of Femicide” in Spanish on the metal barriers outside of the palace that holds the Mexican president’s offices and listed many women’s names below it, Reuters reported.

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‘Amlo made us public enemy No 1’: why feminists are Mexico’s voice of opposition

03/08/2021

Source: The Guardian

Mexico’s president had a confession to make. Women on social media were holding up signs reading, “President, break the pact” and Andrés Manuel López Obrador was confused.

He turned to his wife to set him straight. The women were describing the pact of the patriarchy, she told him.

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Mexico’s president defends decision to barricade palace ahead of women’s march

03/06/2021

Source: The Guardian

The Mexican president has claimed that a metallic barrier to wall off the presidential palace ahead of a planned women’s march is intended to avoid provocation and protect historic buildings from vandalism.

In a country where femicides rose nearly 130% between 2015 and 2020, critics said the decision to erect the three-metre-high (10ft) barriers was symptomatic of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s apathy toward the crisis of violence against women.

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To Be an Older and Invisible Woman (Spanish)

folk art - communitySin Embargo, 3/8/2013

Although one might think that discrimination against  seniors is a problem that is booming in Mexico, it is a phenomenon that has been around for many decades and has been made ​​visible in recent years thanks to access to information, to the appearance of public policies aimed at this population group,  and research about the issue.

In the case of women, most surveys that consider that gender studies   focus on those who are economically active or who are of childbearing age. Thus leaving out the elderly.

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SEGOB is Asked to Recognize Indigenous Women Working in Community Policing (Spanish)

Mexican Police Car photo by flickr user olivier.brissonProceso, 3/7/2013

The president of the Indigenous and Peasant Unit Force (Unidad de la Fuerza Indígena y Campesina) (UFIC), Rocío Pérez Miranda, asked the head of the Ministry of the Interior , Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, to officially recognize indigenous women who serve as police Community their localities.

According to Miranda Perez, Chiapas, Guerrero, Morelos, State of Mexico and Michoacan are states where community policing entities have successfully provided the security that should  be commissioned by the State.

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Human Rights Defenders Denounce Killings and Forced Disappearances (Spanish)

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Proceso, 3/7/2013

Human rights defenders denounced how the lack of protection obstructs with their work performance as there has been an  increase of attacks, including homicides and forced disappearances, against activists across the country.

In commemoration of  International Women’s Day, advocates called on  Enrique Peña Nieto’s government to support the Inter-American System of Human Rights.

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