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  • Dozens of young people protest in downtown Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, June 5, 2020.

    Dozens of young people protest in downtown Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, June 5, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 6 June 2020
Opinion

An undetermined number of young people in Jalisco have been beaten, imprisoned illegally, and abandoned in distant places.

Mexico City's protesters Saturday took to the streets to join the wave of demonstrations unleashed over the murder of 30-year-old Giovanni Lopez at hands of Jalisco police.

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The protests reached the Jalisco House, the state representation in Mexico's capital. The U.S. embassy was also surrounded by demonstrators rejecting the murder of George Floyd.

Previously, Jalisco police beat Lopez to death for not wearing his mask while he was walking down a street in Guadalajara city.

Police repression has increased after his death, as an undetermined number of young people in Jalisco have been beaten, imprisoned illegally, and abandoned in distant places.

Besides, the video of a teenage girl being assaulted by two police officers during a demonstration went viral on social networks in the last hours.

Both attackers were identified by local authorities and they were put at the disposal of the Prosecutor's Office.

"The security forces must overcome the provocations during the protests. We will not tolerate police abuse, especially against young people and teenagers," Mexico City's Government Chief Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted.

"Violence cannot be the way to enforce sanitary measures," Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

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