Within the framework of the Global Day of Action for Legal and Safe Abortion, contingents of women demonstrate in Mexico City; Feminist groups called for a march to demand legal abortion throughout the country. The mobilization began at the Monument to the Revolution heading to the capital’s Zócalo around 2:30 p.m., in the midst of a security device in charge of the Atheneas Group of the Secretariat of Citizen Security, made up only of female police officers.
With slogans and banners, the feminist groups began their journey along Avenida de la República, advancing towards Paseo de la Reforma where they painted, broke windows, caused damage to cars and road buildings, and the first clashes with police were recorded. Protesters clashed with members of the Atheneas Group, at points such as Paseo de la Reforma and Avenida Juárez; They threw glass bottles, Molotov cocktails, among other objects, for which police elements encapsulated the protesters with fences as part of the security protocol.
Between Paseo de la Reforma and Balderas avenue, to the women protesters to try to control the aggressions and prevent their advance towards the Plaza de la Constitución, where the sit-in of the National Anti-AMLO Front (FRENAAA) is located.
A group of protesters tried to break the security fences on Tacuba Street in the Historic Center; they sought to reach the CDMX Congress to demonstrate in favor of the decriminalization of abortion. Regarding the demonstration, the Undersecretary of Government, Arturo Medina, informed Milenio Televisión that the demonstrators broke the windows of the ISSSTE offices located in Reforma, using fire from spray paint and lighters, as well as bombs. Molotov cocktails that have been launched against the police elements that are part of the security operation in the capital.
He pointed out that the operation seeks to avoid confrontations and damage to citizens, for which the action protocol is being applied in case of violent actions in demonstrations.
“What we are doing is applying the protocol to deal with violence in the context of demonstrations and mobilizations, which implies that violent actions do not harm citizens in public spaces. Citizens cannot be harmed, it is a device that aims to mitigate the violent actions of some people in public space”; explained the Undersecretary of Government.Users of social networks criticized the violent actions of some participants in the march, which include attacks against female police officers.
Various feminist groups and collectives gathered to participate in the march, which had been called to be peaceful, including Colectivas Juntas Mx, Rosas Rojas and Marea Verde.
Part of the contingent that left the Monument to the Revolution arrived at the “anti-monument” located in front of Bellas Artes, however, the contingents remain encapsulated on Juárez Avenue to avoid confrontations.
The march was also attended by monitors from Dialogue and Coexistence and Peace Brigades, observers from the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City, members of the Marabunta collective and peace brigades to avoid confrontations.
Elements of Civil Protection and cleaning personnel from the capital also arrived at the place to start cleaning buildings and urban furniture.
The feminists are expected to arrive at the National Palace to deliver a document with which they express their position regarding the demand for legal abortion throughout the country.
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