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.
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…
“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.”
“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.”
“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…
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.”