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  • Protests for Ingrid Escamilla have continued through the weekend in Mexico. Here’s the protest in Queretaro outside of the governor’s palace.

    Protests for Ingrid Escamilla have continued through the weekend in Mexico. Here’s the protest in Queretaro outside of the governor’s palace. | Photo: Sierra Juarez @sierraraejuarez

Published 16 February 2020

As of Feb. 1, 2020, 19 women have been murdered according to the registry kept by civil organizations that defend women's rights.

Women throughout Mexico demonstrated this weekend against gender violence and the femicide of Ingrid Escamilla, asking the government for crimes like this to never go unpunished.

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Dressed in black, with candles and in silence, women demonstrated in the city of Cancun demanding justice for the femicide of Ingrid Escamilla, but also for the 64 murders of women and the 16 murders classified as femicides that occurred during 2019 in the state of Quintana Roo.

Cancun stands out as the 19th city with the most femicides in 2019 and Playa del Carmen with the 45th place at a national level. So far this year, eight femicides have been recorded there.

I did this portrait because that's how you should have been remembered and not the way you were revictimized. More than one of us didn't sleep thinking of you, without knowing you, we mourned you, we will be your voice now. Rest in peace, Ingrid. 

On the other hand, in the state of Chiapas, activists, and women marched in Tuxtla Gutierrez against the femicides committed in the country and demanding justice for Escamilla.

The demonstrators gathered in the Parque Bicentenario and came dressed in black and with their faces painted red, in allusion to the blood of the victims of femicide. They held banners repudiating femicides and against government negligence, "we don't show up dead, they kill us."

"Feminism has never killed anyone, machismo kills every hour," they said. "We are the voice of those who can no longer speak."

The Feminist Observatory against Violence towards Women in Chiapas reported that in 2019 there were 194 violent deaths of women, 84 of them femicides.

Also in Yucatan, dozens of women staged a protest in the main square of Merida over Ingrid's murder.

The women gathered in the center of the main square for an hour, carrying posters censoring the violence that many women in the country are experiencing, the increase of femicide cases and the lack of public policies in support and protection of women.

During 2019 they killed 3,825 women. It is an increase of six percent compared to 2018. In Mexico, between 10 and 11 women are murdered per day. 
 

The Yucatan protesters demanded exemplary punishment for Ingrid's case and that these types of murders never again go unpunished.

On Saturday, the women of Michoacan joined demonstrations around the country, also condemning the murder of Escamilla.

The demonstrators began their mobilization around 18h00 local time at the Las Tarascas fountain and concluded outside the government palace.​​​​​​​ Demonstrators in that city tagged several historical buildings and demanded a stop to violence and crimes against women.

Demonstrations were also held in the states of Jalisco and Oaxaca where, in response to the national call to march #AllForIngrid, dozens of women took part against gender violence.

In Jalisco, the march lasted until the evening when participants burned a flag with the caption "Mexico Feminicide." The action provoked the deployment of a group of policewomen to guard the government palace facilities.

In response, the protesters began to shout the slogan "the state doesn't take care of me, my friends do."

Some of them even faced the female members of the road police asking them to join their protest chanting "women, listen, this is your fight too".

For you, for your memory, for your body, for your spirit, for your life, for your death, for your parents, for your brothers and sisters, for all of Mexico. 

Meanwhile, in Oaxaca, wearing green handkerchiefs, flowers, and candles, women reproached the government for allowing 10 women to be murdered every day in Mexico.

As of Feb. 1, 2020, 19 women have been murdered according to the registry kept by civil organizations that defend women's rights.

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