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‘Burn everything’: Angry protesters clash with police in Mexico

Malini T
·4-min read

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.

Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day  in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Demonstrators throw rocks at the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protesting against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Demonstrators throw rocks at the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protesting against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Demonstrators strike a barricade that is protecting the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protest against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
Demonstrators strike a barricade that is protecting the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protest against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
Women protest during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protest against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
Women protest during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protest against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
A woman breaks a glass at the entrance of Hidalgo metro station during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman breaks a glass at the entrance of Hidalgo metro station during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women take cover as they clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day  in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women take cover as they clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day  in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day  in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
CANCUN, MEXICO - MARCH 08: Woman protest during a demonstration as part of the International Women's Day on March 8, 2021 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images)
Women protest during a demonstration as part of the International Women's Day on March 8, 2021 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images)
Protesters clash with the local police during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters clash with the local police during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women protest during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women protest during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day  in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Women clash with the police, behind a fence in front of the National Palace, as they protest during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 08: Women clash with riot police officers during International Women´s Day protest on March 8, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images)
Women clash with riot police officers during International Women´s Day protest on March 8, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images)
Protesters clash with the local police during a demonstration to commemorate the International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters clash with the local police during a demonstration to commemorate International Women's Day in Mexico City, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
A demonstrator brandishes a hammer as other light a fire in front of the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protesting against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A demonstrator brandishes a hammer as other light a fire in front of the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protesting against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

"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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