Mexico: Mass Solidarity after another Femicide on Campus

By It’s Going Down         On the night of Wednesday May 3, Lesvy Berlín Rivera Osorio was strangled to death with a telephone cord on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City.View image on Twitter

Her body was discovered hanging from the cord of a telephone booth near the Engineering Department by campus security at around 7 a.m…

1000’s of women protest at Mexico’s largest university @UNAM_MX after woman is found strangled to death & gov blames her for her own murder

The Twitter account of Mexico City’s Public Prosecutor’s Office (PGJDF) – the authorities that will be investigating her murder – did not tweet out any solid evidence or possible motives for the murder.

However, they did put out tweets suggesting her lifestyle was the cause of her own death, implying that her romantic relationships, alleged drinking, and her decision to live with her boyfriend, all made her a person with questionable morals. .. SEE PGJ BELOW

Hours later, Mexico City’s Attorney General, Rodolfo Ríos, issued an apology and stated that those tweets were not “appropriate” and “contrary to the protocols and principles of the PGJDF.”

Given this response from the state in a country where seven women a day are murdered on average, women rapidly responded with a viral social media campaign using the hashtag #SiMeMatan, “if they kill me”, describing how they would be criminalized if they were murdered…

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soy una colombiana en México, con suficientes lentejuelas y animal print en mi closet como para que la PGR diga que fue por puta.

 “I’m a Colombian in Mexico, with enough sequins and animal print in my closet for the Attorney General to say it was because I’m a whore.”
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ojalá la policía (y los medios) se enfoquen en mi asesino y no en mi ropa, mis estudios, mi trabajo o con quién me acuesto.

 “If they kill me, I hope the police (and media) focus on my murder and not on my clothes, my studies, my job or who I sleep with.”

¿Saben qué es lo peor del HT ? Detrás de cada tuit hay una mujer aterrada porque sabe que sí la pueden matar.

 “Know what’s worst about the #SiMeMatan hashtag? Behind every tweet is a woman terrorized because she knows they can kill her.”

On Friday, May 5, thousands marched through UNAM in honor of Lesvy and all victims of machista violence, condemning the ongoing femicides occurring with impunity in Mexico…

Desde la @UNAM_FCPyS marcha masiva por el asesinato de Lesvi en @fciencias y contra las violencias machistas @LuchadorasTV

Marcha / llega a Rectoría de la UNAM.

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La marcha llega a Facultad de Ingeniería, todas y todos guardan silencio mientras se lee un comunicado

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«¡Si tocas a una, respondemos todas!» gritan en CU.

And far from feeling sad, I felt indignant, because there have been many cases and I’ve seen that their investigations are used to create a smokescreen, saying that my daughter had done it to herself and taken her own life.”

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