Clutching graveyard crosses, hundreds protest violence against women in Mexico

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Relatives and friends of victims of femicide clasp a march called "Voices of the Absence" successful representation of their loved ones and to request justness successful Mexico City, Mexico, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

MEXICO CITY, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Holding aloft crosses bearing the names of murdered women, hundreds of radical marched successful Mexico's superior connected Wednesday to protestation unit against women amidst a dependable nationwide summation successful femicides.

Chanting "We are your voice," organizers utilized megaphones to work retired the names of murdered women successful downtown Mexico City.

The "Day of Dead Women" march took spot a time aft Mexico's nationalist vacation Day of the Dead. About 500 radical took portion successful the protest, according to a Reuters witness.

Some 762 women were murdered betwixt January and September this year, a 5% emergence from the aforesaid play successful 2020, according to government data published successful October.

The caller uptick continues the 130% summation successful femicides from 2015 to 2020 that has sparked wide protests calling for urgent enactment to halt the violence.

From 2015 to 2018, the twelvemonth President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office, yearly femicides went from 427 to implicit 900 and person lone accrued each twelvemonth of his administration.

Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez earlier successful the time touted a diminution successful femicides betwixt August and September this year, adding the authorities has opened 73 centers for women's justness crossed Mexico to assistance pistillate victims of violence.

Emergency calls related to unit against women successful Mexico roseate more than 30% successful 2020, arsenic COVID-19 lockdowns kept families stuck astatine home.

In March, protesters wrote the names of femicide victims connected barricades erected extracurricular the National Palace and clashed with riot police connected International Women's Day.

Reporting by Jake Kincaid Editing by Drazen Jorgic and Karishma Singh

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