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Nov 10, 20

Cancún Police Shoot Live Rounds at Feminists Protesting Femicide

Last night, police from Cancún, Quintana Roo, shot at feminists who were demonstrating in front of the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office in protest of the femicide of 20-year-old Bianca Alejandrina Lorenzana Alvarado, known by her friends as Alexis. Alexis disappeared on November 7th and her body was found on November 9th dismembered in two black trash bags.

The demonstration moved peacefully through the streets of Cancún, arriving around 7:00pm to the State Attorney General’s Office. There protestors painted and tore down wooden boards that had been set up to protect the facilities.

Without any protocol, the Cancún police arrived shooting at protestors, forcing them to flee.

At least 100 policemen participated in the attacks leaving various people injured, among them four journalists who were documenting the protest, two of them injured by gunfire. Demonstrators also set fires and destroyed property.

The protest in Cancún joins a growing movement of feminist action against patriarchy and femicides throughout Mexico. The violent state repression carried out against demonstrators in Cancún once again demonstrates the patriarchal nature of the Mexican state, where women’s lives are worth less than physical infrastructure.

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