More than 80 people were injured in riots outside the National Palace in Mexico City on March 8

The protesters tear down part of the fence protecting the palace and the police respond with gases

At least 81 people, 62 police officers and 19 civilians, were injured this Monday in the 8 million demonstration in Mexico City, during which tense moments occurred in front of the National Palace when several participants demolished part of the government’s metal wall placed to protect the building.

International Women’s Day mobilization has filled the streets of different parts of the country, despite the fact that up to 20,000 people have gathered in Mexico City, according to Undersecretary for Institutional Development at the Ministry of Security, Marcela Figueroa.

More than 80 people were injured in riots outside the National Palace in Mexico City on March 8
More than 80 people were injured in riots outside the National Palace in Mexico City on March 8

In the Zócalo, a group of participants in the demonstration in black clothing tried to tear down the metal fences that were erected around the National Palace, a wall that feminists have turned into a tribute to victims of sexist violence by placing their names and flowers.

According to various local media outlets, the capital’s police have thrown tear gas at the demonstrators who have retreated to the surrounding streets to wash their faces due to the irritation caused by the police’s reaction. At the end of the march, however, the Undersecretary of State denied that this gas or any other type of irritant had been used against the demonstrators, reports “El Universal”.

With this in mind, he has assured that the authorities only used fire extinguishers to prevent a major fire in front of the National Palace, where some of the police’s shields were set on fire, and to alleviate the violence.

Protesters and reporters who were at the scene of the incident have for their part given assurances that they have received gas on their faces, which has caused burns to the eyes, skin and throat, as well as coughing and breathing difficulties.

Before the dispersal, this part of the mobilization managed to remove at least four of the fences that they celebrated with the cry “Yes, it was possible”, reports the Mexican media Jornada.

On Monday’s march, according to Figueroa, infiltrated men were also discovered who attacked female police officers, as well as others who participated in vandalism among local residents.

On the other hand, the Mexico City Prosecutor’s Office has reported that an investigation into the assault of police officers and civilians has been launched to “avoid impunity in what happened this afternoon (Monday),” says Milenio.

The day of protest thus left at least 81 people injured, as stated by Figueroa, who stated that nine of the injured police officers and one civilian were returned for medical treatment but are stable.

With slogans like “You are not alone”, “Mexico is femicide” or “I’m going because I’m alive but I don’t know how long”, Mexican feminists have taken to the streets of the capital to shout and loudly against sexists Violence and singing for women’s rights. Apart from the riots, the march left a stamp of unification, such as Vivir Quintana’s improvised song “Song without Fear” in the historic center.

“I come to shout for those who can no longer” was also claimed in the demonstration in Mexico City that began at the Monument to the Revolution and has also led to attempts at vandalism in some monuments and buildings, as well as complaints about parts of “Milenio” reports groups of demonstrators who claimed to have been arrested by the police at certain points.

On the other hand, four photojournalists from various local and international media were arrested, to which the Ministry of Security responded that the agents who made the arrests have been suspended pending further investigation into the incident.

Finally the demonstration ended with a small campfire and the shouting of the various slogans between different groups that had gathered in the historic center and gradually left the place.

Michoacán, Hidalgo, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Morelos and Chiapas also held protests on the occasion of 8M.

The Mexican feminist movement has campaigned to defend the rights and justice of women in the face of femicides, as ten women are murdered in the country every day. Around 3,700 women were murdered in Mexico in 2020, 967 of them for reasons of sex or femicide.

LÓPEZ OBRADOR ON THE FENCES

Before the demonstrations, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was criticized for placing the fences in front of the National Palace, to which he replied by saying that he was “for women’s rights”. of equality “.

“I’m a humanist, not against feminism. I’m against corruption, authoritarianism, hypocrisy. Now it turns out that conservatives are feminists, it’s the last straw,” he added.

With this in mind, he stated that the fence “because it is better to put a fence in front of the women who will protest than in front of the grenadiers as it was before.” “We have to avoid the fact that there is no violence, that no one is injured. You can of course protest in a peaceful manner, you can even insult the authority that is allowed,” he said, pointing out that he would not do any in March Have “oppression”.

In a video posted on his social networks, the president accused the Conservatives of conducting a smear campaign against his government and “infiltrating people to create violence, harm”. In this sense, according to the local media, it has shown that the fences had been erected in the face of the violence of these provocateurs, fascists, conservatives (…). “”

“What does this have to do with feminism? On the contrary, it is the opposite of the feminist movement,” she asked.

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