Tens of thousands of women, around 80,000 according to official data, marched this Sunday in Mexico City to the increase in femicides in recent months under chants such as “live they took them, we want them alive.”
“I’m tired of seeing news of femicides, that the street is no longer safe. I’m very scared if one day my family can no longer find me,” explained 18-year-old Fernanda, who went to the march with her friends , who tore his voice for justice for the murdered women.
Mexico registered more than 1,000 femicides – gender killings – during 2019, according to official data. In general, in the country ten women are killed a day, a figure that increases year by year.
“I come to represent and march for my sisters who are no longer there. I feel happy that we have woken up. If everything is going to be vandalized, it is for a specific reason. They must respect and attend to our complaints, open investigation folders and wake up,” added his partner Jupiter.
During a day that began after noon from various symbolic points of the city from which women and mixed contingents marched, there were slight altercations that caused seven wounded, including a woman in the capital Zócalo who suffered burns from a Molotov cocktail released, allegedly and according to a viral video, by a woman.
Likewise, there were destruction in some government departments and buildings in the historic center, as well as painted on walls and floors in the area.
Despite this, the march went smoothly and there were only minor clashes between some women participating in the march who argued that other participants should not destroy the street furniture or buildings to protest on International Women’s Day.
According to official figures, this was the march of March 8 more massive to date and, for many of the attendees, this means both a tiredness of the population in the face of the general situation of insecurity and violence towards women as well as an awakening of the society.
“It is a decisive moment for Mexico. The State cannot be silent, we need to unite as a society and create a state policy that protects women. (…) It is a cathartic moment for the history of women and their rights in Mexico, “he told Efe Ivette, a female journalist participating in the demonstration.
For her, this problem, whose tip of the iceberg is femicide, has generated an emergency situation “that got out of control” and that can only be solved with comprehensive measures of awareness and education.
Following recent feminicides that shocked the country, such as that of a young woman dismembered by her partner and a girl found in a garbage bag, feminist groups in Mexico called a national women’s strike scheduled for Monday, March 9.
In recent days, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, issued comments minimizing the crisis of violence against women in the Latin American country, which gave rise to tension and led to this massive march and unemployment in which it is expected to participate large Percentage of the female population given the tiredness and the position in favor manifested by numerous public organizations and companies.
Upon arriving at the capital Zócalo, dozens of women took a stage to demand answers from the López Obrador government and also offered their family testimony of victims of femicide who, with the flame of hope still, thanked the support of the attendees and highlighted the importance of protesting in such massive events.
On the floor of this emblematic square, names of murdered women were registered, interventions were made with red liquid in reference to the blood of women spilled in the country and multiple feminist slogans were painted.
In other parts of the country such as Guadalajara, Monterrey, Merida, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez or Acapulco, marched hundreds of women who also showed the desperation of society to the emergency situation and danger to women.
In Mexico City, there was a large security device deployed by the Government in which 2,948 female police officers participated in 211 vehicles and a helicopter.
Even so, there was no repression by the security forces and the altercations were minimal.