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Feb 16, 20

National Palace Attacked in Mexico City as Anger Explodes Against Femicide

On Friday February 14, 2020, women attacked the doors of the National Palace in the Zocalo of Mexico City, while president Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave his morning press conference from inside. The attacks were carried out in response to the recent killing of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla in the north of Mexico City. Not only was Ingrid brutally stabbed to death, but the photos of her mutilated body were leaked to the press and published by the major Mexican newspaper, La Prensa.

The killing of Ingrid Escamilla in Mexico City, adds to the soaring number of femicides in Mexico, where around ten women are killed on daily basis. The publication of the photos of her mutilated body in the mainstream press, show the horrifying intersections of gender violence, gore and capitalism existing in Mexico.

The attacks on the national palace were part of a larger day of protest activity carried out in solidarity with Ingrid. Women took to the streets and filled metro stations, enacting their rage against a state and society unwilling to address the violence being carried out against women. At one point, women set fire to a truck belonging to the newspaper, La Prensa, in front of their building in the center of Mexico City.

These militant protests take place amidst ongoing strikes and protests being carried out by young women at different university campuses in Mexico City, against macho violence, and against university and state authorities belittling the seriousness of the situation. As International Women’s Day on March 8th approaches, keep an eye on Mexico City, and the brave women organizing the fight against patriarchal and State violence in Mexico.

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