Women across Mexico took to the streets on International Women's Day to protest the crisis of violence they face on a daily basis, fueled by what they say is an out-of-touch government and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's support for a politician accused of rape.
Thousands marched in Mexico City, bringing with them photos with the names of alleged rapists, murderers and harassers of women.
"Together we are the fire, burn everything," said one banner in the crowd, some of whom angrily kicked at a wooden fence around the Monument to the Revolution.
According to public policy think tank Mexico Evalua, which analyzed government data, five million women were victims of sexual violence in the second half of 2020 in Mexico, including harassment, sexual abuse, attempted rape or rape, the vast majority of which did not get reported.
The marches to mark International Women's Day were smaller in size than last year's demonstrations, likely because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
With inputs from Reuters, AFP
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