Shooting shots into the air and to the ground. This is how a group of municipal police officers from Cancun, Mexico, went out to disperse, a demonstration that arrived Monday night at the gates of the city’s government palace.
The protest was called to demand justice for the femicides that occurred last weekend, when two women were found dead in less than 24 hours, and for the gender violence that exists in Mexico.
In a country where 10 women are murdered every day On average, some 2,000 protesters were demanding justice for Alexis, a 20-year-old girl found dead with signs of torture over the weekend.
The Quintana Roo Feminist Network, which brings together several associations, was the one that launched the call.
The call became a national trend through the hashtags #JusticiaParaAlexis and #QuintanaRooFeminicida.
Everything happened when the march arrived at the Municipal Palace of Cancun where the police had previously closed off the entrance with fences.
According to the Animal Político portal, just when a hooded man set fire to a kind of wooden barrier that was shielding the facilities, a group of municipal policemen broke through opening fire in the air a few meters from the protesters.
They wear a uniform and are hooded. They also wear bulletproof vests and long weapons.
The detonations began after different groups tried to enter the facilities to claim to the authorities the lack of measures to prevent femicides and prosecute the culprits when they occur, reported Efe.
When the crowd rushes outIt is the informants who are recording the scenes while the local police try to “snatch telephones and cameras from journalists present,” explained the director for the Americas of the Human Rights Watch organization, José Miguel Vivanco.
Animal Político contacted journalists in Quintana Roo, the Mexican state to which Cancún belongs, and they indicated that at least there are four journalists wounded by gunshots or blows of the cops.
Quintana Roo authorities affirmed on social media that an internal investigation was already underway to clarify what happened.
“I totally condemn the intimidation and aggression against the protesters. I gave precise instructions of no aggression and no weapons in the marches that would take place today,” said the governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González.
For his part, Alberto Capella, secretary of Public Security of the state, wrote on Twitter that he was “ordering an internal investigation and making all the information available to the State Prosecutor’s Office to do the same.”
At least 6 policemen who participated in the event are being investigated.
According to the Quintana Roo Prosecutor’s Office, a dozen femicides have been registered in the state so far this year.
Last year Mexico registered 34,608 intentional homicides and 1,012 femicides, the highest data since there are records.
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