Women’s Day: Protesters clash with police in Mexico.
Police and activists have clashed in Mexico City at a march to mark International Women’s Day.
Officers forced back protesters with tear gas and riot shields within the capital’s main square, the Zócalo.
Protesters were calling for the govt to deal with the country’s poor record on the murder of girls , often mentioned as femicide, and gender-based violence.
Government figures suggest a minimum of 939 women were victims of femicide in 2020.
Thousands of girls , some with their daughters, attended the march within the Mexico City on Monday.
At one point, some members of the gang managed to tug down a number of the massive metal fencing round the National Palace using hammers and wooden poles.
Authorities erected the barrier before the march. it had been then covered within the names of femicide victims by women’s groups.
Some riot officers used their shields to dam the protesters from entering the Zócalo. Local paper El Universal said demonstrators set fire to the shields of a number of the cops , “but the flames were extinguished”.
Police used tear gas and batons to assist disperse the gang .
At least 15 officers and 4 members of the general public were injured, consistent with local media.
There are reports of police detaining both journalists and people within the crowd.
Clashes between women’s rights campaigners and police are getting more common in Mexico City as activists say it’s the sole way the govt can pay attention to them.
They have accused President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of ignoring the matter of violence against women. Last year, Mr López Obrador claimed the difficulty of femicides had been “manipulated” by critics of his administration.
Last November, there was outrage across the country after police within the beach resort of Cancún fired shots during a protest against the killing of girls .
Two people were injured by bullets and two more protesters were also hurt within the chaos which ensued.