Demonstrators graffitied the phrase “femicide state” in blood-red on Mexico’s presidential palace on Friday, earlier than marching beneath heavy rain to the places of work of newspaper La Prensa to protest the publication of a grotesque picture of a homicide sufferer.
The heated Valentine’s Day demonstration, led by girls, was sparked by the killing of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla in Mexico Metropolis and the publication of graphic pictures of her mutilated corpse in newspapers.
The protesters, numbering at the least a pair hundred and comprised largely of girls, burned automobiles belonging to La Prensa and briefly clashed with safety forces who prevented them from coming into the newspaper’s places of work.
Chanting “not one more murder” and carrying indicators saying “we demand responsible journalism,” “Ingrid we are all you” and “sexism kills,” the demonstrators demanded justice.
A median of 10 girls a day are killed in Mexico. Final 12 months marked a brand new general murder document, official information exhibits.
“It’s not just Ingrid. There are thousands of femicides,” mentioned Lilia Florencio Guerrero, whose daughter was violently killed in 2017. “It fills us with anger and rage.”
She referred to as on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was contained in the palace in the course of the protests, to do extra to cease the violence.
One protester spray-painted “INGRID” in tall pink letters on a door of the presidential palace. Many members famous that Escamilla’s was solely the newest in a wave of brutal murders of girls which were dubbed “femicides.”
Others graffitied slogans together with “they are killing us” on the constructing’s partitions and ejected vibrant flames from cans of flammable spray-paint.
Contained in the stately palace, the place Lopez Obrador lives along with his household, the president tried to reassure the activists throughout his morning information convention.
“I’m not burying my head in the sand. … The government I represent will always take care of ensuring the safety of women,” he mentioned, with out detailing new plans.
Protesters additionally admonished the newspapers that printed pictures of Escamilla’s corpse, chanting, “The press is complicit.”
La Prensa, which ran the picture on its cowl, defended its document of reporting on crime and homicide, topics that it mentioned the federal government prefers to maintain quiet. The paper mentioned it was open to dialogue on adjusting its requirements past authorized necessities.
“We understand today that it hasn’t been sufficient, and we’ve entered a process of deeper review,” the paper mentioned in a front-page assertion on Friday.
A 22-year-old pupil wearing black, with a masks masking her face and carrying a can of spray paint, mentioned the protests after Escamilla’s loss of life already appeared to have an have an effect on.
La Prensa, she mentioned, had caved to “pressure from feminists.”
One other newspaper, Pasala, had crammed almost its complete tabloid cowl with the picture of Escamilla’s corpse, beneath the Valentine’s Day-themed headline: “It was cupid’s fault.” The quilt sparked anger not solely on the gory show, but in addition the jocular tone over against the law for which Escamilla’s home accomplice has been arrested.
Pasala editors didn’t reply to requests for remark.