12 August 2019
“Cops, pigs, rapists”
On Monday, August 12, 2019, hundreds of women took to the streets to express their anger at the patriarchal and sexist violence of the police. A few days earlier, four uniformed pigs raped a young woman aged 17 in the patrol car in the streets of Azcapotzalco province. This case echoes another, a little older, where a 16-year-old girl was raped by a police officer in the National Photographic Museum in the centre of Mexico City.
The headquarters of the Public Security Directorate was the meeting point of the demo. On the facade of the State building, slogans have been traced to the bomb, such as “we are mean, we can be worse“, “cops, pigs, rapists” or “to attack one of us, it is to attack us all “… Then the procession left for a stroll in the streets of the city and covered the walls with a multitude of anti-police and anarcha-feminist tags; the protesters found themselves in front of the Attorney General’s building in Mexico City to settle accounts. Once in front, the more determined ones tagged the walls outside (“we do not need to be brave, we need to be free,” “pig cops” or “corrupt policemen“) as inside (on the insignia of the institution) and ransacked the furniture of the reception. The facade of the glass entrance also fell in pieces.
The Mexican daily “El Universal” reports the attack on the building of the Prosecutor General’s Office with these words:
“The situation turned to violence when a group of alleged anarchists tried to enter the public prosecutor’s office, the security guards immediately closed the glass doors. However, two young women broke them with stones and hammers.”
Protesters also threw pink powder at Mexico City Security chief Jesus Orta as he made a statement to the press calling for calm and assured the protesters that the affair would be the cause subject of an inquiry.
The following day, Tuesday, the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Scheinbaum, reported that six police officers had been dismissed after being identified as responsible for the alleged rape of the 17-year-old girl.
Violence against women is a daily occurrence in Mexico. According to United Nations figures, nine women are killed every day in that country.
“Rapists, we’ll cut your dick“
Mexican Press, August 12 and 13, 2019]
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