Mexico City, March 8 (Latest) .- Tens of thousands of women marched this Tuesday through the main cities of Mexico to commemorate International Women’s Day and demand security in a country where more than 10 women are murdered every day. day in the midst of a radicalization of the feminist movement and numerous criticisms of the authorities.
“I think that the fear we all feel has turned into a lot of anger,” María Andrea Velázquez, who attended the march in Mexico City, which brought together more than 50,000 people, told Efe with a group of friends and family.
He considered that living in Mexico is “very dangerous”, as well as “sad and tired”. So, she said, this is a day to make the role of women visible. “It is the day that we give something to talk about because this fight is very important,” she pointed out.
The women demonstrated in the capital with slogans such as “Not one more, not one more, not one more murdered”, “we must abort this patriarchal system” and “the oppressive system is a male rapist”.
Although there were several contingents, the main march began at the Angel of Independence, where thousands of women dressed in mostly purple clothes -among them activists, relatives of victims of femicides and disappeared persons- gathered to show their indignation against the Government Mexican and the lack of adequate policies to achieve a life free of violence.
“I’m tired of the violence. I’m tired of not being able to go out into the streets in peace,” Daniela Oviedo told Efe, a reflection of the wave of indignation that is the backbone of thousands of women in the country.
He also called the attitude of the federal government “fatal”, which has come to be considered as hiding “conservatism”.
“They are not paying attention to what we really want. We do not want spaces that men leave us. We want spaces for women and we want security, which all people do. It is not even a gender issue,” she specified.
He assured that today there is a lot of “courage” on the part of women to demand their rights and considered it “wonderful” that every year more and more women take to the streets of Mexico to protest.
The cry of rage and pain spread throughout the country, as thousands of other women protested in other municipalities and states of the country such as Toluca (State of Mexico), Guadalajara (Jalisco), Orizaba (Veracruz), Cancun (Quintana Roo ) or Monterrey (Nuevo León) among many other cities.
Although the protest was essentially peaceful, graffiti and street furniture were destroyed during the march. In addition, since mid-afternoon a small group of hooded women tried -unsuccessfully so far- to knock down the fence that surrounds the National Palace, on which hours before another group of activists had written in giant letters: “Mexico femicide.”