I condemn the acts of violence that took place in #Cancun : Carlos Joaquín Governor Quintana Roo #Mexico #Hispanics #Latinos #World

Channel 1 Los Angeles

11/10/2020 Cancun

The Governor Carlos Joaquin with Activists from two groups.@CEAVE_QROO installed the Feminicide Service Desk in #QuintanaRoo , convening 23 collectives and CSOs, in coordination with the @FGEQuintanaRoo

The protesters, mostly women, launched slogans, painted and burned in the protest this Monday at the Cancun City Hall, but policemen with rifles dispersed the protest with bullets, as can be seen in videos of the local press.

The recordings show how the uniformed men fire long weapons into the air, while most of the protesters dispersed and some tried to confront the police.

Gender violence and sex crimes

In light of recent social movements highlighting gender violence, the report has included a section dedicated to the topic. Almost half (45%) of women in Mexico report having been the victim of relationship violence. Femicide, or the murder of a woman because of her gender, has seen a 130% uptick since 2015. The authors note that statistics pertaining to violence against women are skewed by the impunity of abusers and a lack of funding for local attorneys general. President López Obrador himself has come under fire for his apparent dismissal of violence against women and his use of rhetoric which pundits have described as “tepid at best”. 

The report points out that women may be more empowered to report incidents of violence and sex crimes in the wake of recent protests seeking to hold abusers accountable. Furthermore, the report notes that increased scrutiny of gender violence by authorities may reflect a shift in law enforcement objectives to reflect current issues. This may help explain recent increases in sex crimes, including sexual harassment, abuse, and rape. Despite advances in prosecuting violence against women, the report’s authors note that 77% of women in Mexico feel unsafe as the overwhelming majority of crimes continue to go unreported or uninvestigated.

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