In different cities in southern and northern Mexico feminist collectives and hundreds of women held marches, demonstrations and public events to protest against sexist violence, within the framework of the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In Cancun, Boca del Río, Puebla, Ciudad Juárez, Pachuca, Monterrey and Jalisco, among other cities in the country, protesters asked local authorities in their states and municipalities to investigate the assaults against women and to do something to curb violence against them.
In Cancun, Quintana Roo, women marched from the Municipal Palace to malecón Tajamar, 17 days after the gunshot crackdown in Plaza La Reforma, in front of the Town Hall building.
With two purple blankets, the women who marched to the front of the contingent consigned with white letters: «Quintana Roo feminicida» and «We stop, we decided, no more violence After ourselves, a walking cemetery of pink crosses with slogans like:»neither one more», «calladita you look prettier,» «I told you it’s not no», «who takes care of us from the police?», «this body is mine, it’s not touched don’t kill you», «if we don’t fight together they will kill us separately» and «beware, machismo kills».
Women carrying pink crosses, carrying banners with legends from the dead of Juarez, with their fists raised, more offended than the rage they were going to leave muddy on every meter of this march.
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In Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, local feminist collectives carried out various protest actions through social media because the city is still in the red color of the COVID-19 traffic light.
During a virtual press conference, in which the feminist collectives of Ciudad Juárez, Feminist Motherage, Women in Rebellion, Daughters of her Maquilera Madre, Detainees of the 5S, United Union, University Against Gender Violence participated, as well as the Movement against Militarization Juarez and the CNTE Juárez, announced their addition to the National Day of 25N.
One of the first actions they took yesterday morning was the placement of blankets with messages against lesbomisoginia, police repression, sexist violence and criminalization, in five different parts of the city.
In Pachuca, Hidalgo, feminist collectives marched on the streets of the city center. From 4 p.m. on Wednesday they gathered on the esplanade of Independence Square, where they carried out a screen printing and mojigangas activity.
Subsequently, they did a therapeutic dance, that is, a performance on bullying towards women, as well as a pronunciation reading. At 17:30 the march began on the city tracks.
During the tour the protesters made some pints at some Tuzobus stations.
Already in Plaza Juarez, the women, with torch in hand, performed on the esplanade.
In addition, they placed at the centre the badge «In memory of all girls, adolescents and women victims of femicidal violence Truth and Justice!»
The collectives placed at the end of the event a memorial in honor of the victims of femicide.
In Guadalajara, Jalisco, members of the #YoVoy8deMarzo installed an antimonumenta in guadalajara’s Plaza de Armas, as a protest and also to remember the victims of femicide in the entity.
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Guadalupe Ramos Ponce, coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Human Rights (Cladem), explained that the «placement (of the anti-monumenta) is to recall the affront, injustice, outstanding debt to girls and women of the state around disappearances and femicides».
The antimonumenta weighs 300 kilos and is 3 meters high, and was placed the motto: «neither forgiveness, nor forgetfulness» and «truth, memory and justice».
Protesters asked local authorities to respect and care for the facility.
In Monterrey, Nuevo León, feminist collectives installed a whistleline of complaints on the Esplanade of Heroes.
They did so to make gender-based violence against women visible, as well as in protest to demand that authorities address the multiple cases of murder, enforced disappearances and violence against women.
During the event they also named the women who have lost their lives until October in the hands of a man, followed by a minute’s silence with the fist raised from those present.
In Boca del Río, Veracruz, students from the Universidad Veracruzana demonstrated and demanded that a student man who sexually assaulted two of his college classmates is punished.
To the cry of «that it trembles, that it trembles, the UV is indifferent», the students wore black and carried banners to ask for justice for their violent companions.
Faculties from different regions of the Universidad Veracruzana joined this protest and this November 25 did not attend the virtual classes or any other type of academic activity, to stand in solidarity with the young women.
In Puebla, Puebla, a group of young university students took from Tuesday the facilities of the Congress of the state of Puebla to demand that an initiative be discussed, which they presented in October last year, related to the Law for the Legal Interruption of Pregnancy.
Protesters reiterated that this is a peaceful civilian resistance, after exhausting the institutional route. In addition, they said that they have invited Members to discuss the issue, have carried out mobilizations in the public space and «exhausted the institutional pathways, to all this we have obtained the same silence that now presents itself after more than 18 hours of remaining in Congress».
With information from Witness Purpura, Side B, Lights of the Century, I Citizen, Criterion Hidalgo, The Informant and ABC News.
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