A report on the wave of recent anti-police riots in Mexico following the police murder of Giovanni López in Guadalajara. Collected from various reports on Abolition Media Worldwide.
Following a week of solidarity demonstrations with the ongoing rebellion in the so-called United States, riots broke out in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, after the police killed in-custody, Giovanni López, a 30 year-old construction worker who was detained in early May for not wearing a mask. Since his death, video has surfaced of officers forcing López at gunpoint to get into a police vehicle. Rioters have responded by setting fire to police cars, attacking and attempting to storm government buildings, and also attacking the US embassy in solidarity with the ongoing revolt in the so-called US.
The Murder of Giovanni and Start of Protests in Guadalajara: June 4th
Adding to the international climate caused not just by the pandemic, but by a systemic and civilizational crisis that used Covid-19 as pretext to tighten up social domination, and just a few weeks in since the commotion caused by the revolts in USA provoked by the murder of the African-American George Floyd in the hands of white supremacist police, one more of the many cases of police violence that we’re used to seeing in México is spread through the web. A video showed Giovanni López, a builder, being detained, beaten and murdered by police while he was sitting on the street without wearing a breathing mask in the municipality of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos in Jalisco on May 4, 2020. Thursday, June 4th, the center of Guadalajara becomes the stage for an ardent protest that ended with two patrol cars up in flames, painting on the walls, destruction of government property. Police attacked the crowd with tear gas and the affair ended with more than twenty detainees. The public opinion of citizens jumped with indignation when one of the protesters, masked up, doused a motorcycle cop and set him on fire with a lighter.
It must be made clear that the government of Jalisco opted for police-administrative measures against the population with the pretext of caring for the citizenship; this is adding on top of the climate of camouflaged militarization as optimization of the police in the whole country.
In Guadalajara, Mexico riots broke out over the death of 30-year-old Giovanni Lopez who was arrested for not wearing a face mask and then died in police custody. Protesters set fire to a police car and tried to storm the government palace. #JusticiaParaGiovanni pic.twitter.com/bobfBa1Om0
US Embassy Attacked in Solidarity with Ongoing Revolt: June 5th
On Friday June 5, the protests are replicated in México City with a call in defense of the antifascist movement against its designation as a “terrorist group” in the United States and in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Giovanni López in Jalisco. The call exhorted to protest outside the United States Embassy where anarchists and antifascists met in a combative way, looting, attacking with hammers, rocks, firecrackers and molotov bombs, businesses and government offices, public property, bus stations and directly confronting the police and repelling the press, leaving its chaotic trail across the length of the Reforma Avenue.
Second Round of Protests in Guadalajara: June 5th
Again in Guadalajara, on June 5, three marches were made to demand justice for Giovanni in different points of the city, Palacio de Gobierno, la Casa Jalisco and Fiscalía del Estado located in 14 street; there were reports of illegal detentions of people who heeded the call; various protesters were taken into trucks without license plates and were reported as “disappeared/missing.” Police agents dressed as plain-clothed civilians are seen across the red dots. Other reports state that public transport buses were detained by police, who dragged out anyone who had “the look” of a protester. There were also reports of attacks to patrols, graffiti, and blockades.
Actions Extend to Veracruz; More Killings by Police: June 5th
In the midst of this intense scenario, another case of police brutality spreads through the web, this time in Xalapa, Veracruz, where a renowned serigraphist, part of the hip-hop community, Carlos Andrés Navarro alias “El área” is detained and beaten up, subsequently dying in the confines of the police station. A video is spread which shows Carlos Andrés cornered by police, while he screamed “Help, they want to abduct me!”
The morning of June 5 a group of unknowns go out to put an incendiary barricade outside of the house where 5 years ago, on June 5 2015, a group of activist students were attacked by a para-police group; among the activists, there was an infiltrated police woman who was the only one left unharmed. They hung a sign on the house with slogans avenging George Floyd, Giovanni López, Oliver and Andrés Navarro, slogans against racism and with “FUCK THE POLICE.”
Militant March in San Luis Potosí: June 5th
There was a call for a march in San Luis Potosí; the mobilization started in the Plaza de Armas and headed to the Congreso Potosino, which was target of disrutions and vandalism by a part of the contingent. The slogan ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) made itself present in the walls of the Congreso as well as those of the Fiscalía, where a cop car from the municipality of Soledad was set on fire. There’s reports of detainees.
People in Mexico are protesting police brutality after 30-year-old Giovanni López died in police custody after he was arrested for not wearing a mask. pic.twitter.com/ZfSNWFAYWq
Anarchists protesting the death of George Floyd descended on the walled-off compound housing the US embassy in Mexico on Friday and proceeded to tag the streets and throw projectiles at the building.
Dozens gathered on the street on Friday outside the diplomatic building, which is located in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City.
Masked citizens also physically hit the wall and tagged it with messages in support of the protest.
Streets and nearby vehicles and cars were also spray-painted with George’s Floyd’s face, and slogans against the police.
Demonstrations over the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday have grown increasingly revolutionary, with people in Minneapolis pushing the police out and burning down a precinct. Across cities in the US, people have been shooting at police, running them down in their cars and fighting them back.
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