Women’s cry against militarization

Text: Karen Castillo / @karencitatacha

National celebrations have ended, and despite the fact that President Obrador led the traditional Cry of Independence and military parades, protests against the Obrador regime did not wait long.

In particular, it was women who managed to attract the attention of the media and civil society, which showed the crisis of femicide, violence and disappearances that the current administration has failed to stop; Also a rejection of the militarization policies undertaken by the last 3 administrations represented by PAN, PRI and MORENA respectively.

These are 3 actions organized by women and victims’ relatives that question the official narrative that paints the current panorama as one in which people’s human rights are respected and progress has been made in building peace and justice in the country:

Antigreta- 14 September

For more than 6 hours, women from various feminist groups, including the Commission for the Freedom of Carla and Magda, blocked Avenida Juarez in front of the Fine Arts Level and the Anti-Femicide Monument; During this time, groups and relatives of the victims used the microphone to denounce various issues.

Present was Mrs. Lorena Gutierrez, mother of Fatima Quintana, victim of femicide in 2015 at the age of 12. Mrs. Lorena condemned the institutionalized violence experienced by the relatives of the victims and the lack of support from all the institutions of the Mexican state, a situation that, in the case of the Quintana family, led to the death of Fatima’s brother due to medical negligence. , Daniel Quintana in November 2020, who died after being rejected by several hospitals in Nuevo León where the minor’s family had been displaced by threats to seek justice for Fatima.

Antigrita, Photography Alam Cham

Other groups present were mothers who were victims of violence led by Cam-Kai who demanded the resignation of the head of the CNDH, Rosario Piedra Ibarra, who spoke out against initiatives seeking to limit the political participation of food debtors in politics. But who hasn’t expressed some comments rejecting the militarization policies approved by the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber of Senators in recent weeks.

Also present was an organization called Article 20, made up of freed women and relatives of women in prison, the group spoke of the thousands of innocent women who are imprisoned for crimes they fabricated or committed by men close to them. Article 20 also condemned the mass transfer of women to the federal prison in Morelos and the deaths of women inside this prison.

The event was framed by demands for the freedom of Carla and Magda, young people detained after the eviction of Occupa Cuba on April 14, and who were held in the Santa Martha prison, with graffiti on the floor, demanding that the young people be released and The policy of militarization in the country ceases.

At the end of the event, Antigrita was held, denouncing the actions of the Mexican state against the rights of women, indigenous peoples and victims.

“Today we tell the state, the President, his narco-militaries and all political parties that we no longer believe in them, we are fed up, and they will receive resistance, rebellion and anger from us until then. Until there is peace, memory, justice and freedom for all, there is dignity for women.

Feminist mass protest cry, photo now free

Awakening of Light- 15 September

From around 6am two women started climbing the Estela de la Luz and waved a blanket during the call for independence. The action was organized by the collective of relatives of the disappeared until you find them, who for many years have condemned the cases of forced disappearances in various cases by elements of the Mexican Army.

The two women took about 20 hours to unfurl the blanket, which featured a strong message against policies promoted by López Obrador that would allow the National Guard to become part of Sedena and allow the army to be on the streets to carry out public safety operations. 2028.

Collective photography Until I find you

Various organizations such as Amnesty International and civil society groups and groups have spoken out against these policies, arguing that the militarization of public security and life in the country has led to more violence without reducing the power of organized crime. 2006 when Felipe Calderon declared the so-called “war on drugs”.

The blanket had messages, “16 years of liberation” Calderon and Pena refer to Nieto’s two six-year terms and the years of López Obrador’s government in which the military has played a central role in violating people’s human rights throughout the country. Other phrases on the blanket include No to a military coup“y”Until we have freedom from the military.

When the women managed to finish spreading the blankets, the relatives waiting at the feet of Estela de la Luz made a roll call of their loved ones who had gone missing and cried out for justice!

Collective photography Until I find you

It was Army- 17 September

On the morning of September 17, a large group of Mujeres que Luchan, together with civil society organizations such as Mexiro AC, México Unidos Contra la Delincuencia and Data Civica, painted graffiti around the Glorietta de las Mujeres que Luchan and the Monument Revolution, which expressed their rejection of the militarization of the country. .

The phrase was painted around the Glorieta de las Mujeres que Luchar, “It was the Army” and names of victims at the hands of the Mexican armed forces. the phrase “A militarized state is a state crime”, And it includes a timeline of various events in which the army was implicated in serious human rights violations, such as the 1968 student massacre, the Aktial massacre, and the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students.

Photography by Maxiro AC

During the proceedings, a statement was read outlining the reasons for being against the militarization of the country,

“The military has a long history of criminality, repression and impunity that has been indiscriminate against women and men, including insurgents and criminals. It doesn’t matter what the president says or the general gets angry, because “military honor” will not exist until full justice is served and they pay for their crimes.”

“They want to force us to normalize their military presence on the streets and in public spaces, just as they want us to normalize the violence that is common in this country called Mexico, they want us to get used to living in a dictatorial country…which we actually have. Want to live, not survive. Live in hope and peace. And let them know once and for all: We will not get used to their presence, their highs and lows or the intensity of discrimination, hatred and oppression of people!

Photography by Maxiro AC

In these “homeland” dates, Mexican women once again show their rejection of the power of community and the continuation of violence that has claimed the lives of many women and men in the country. Likewise, they verify that women are one of the most critical social groups in the current administration as well as the Mexican political system.

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