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Aug 16 2019

On August 16, 2019 thousands of women marched in various cities across Mexico. One particular case may have triggered them, but these marches were an answer to the systematic violence against women and girls in our country.
On August 6, news started circulating of a 17-year-old girl making a legal complaint against four policemen who raped her in a patrol car in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City. Over the next week, the case went viral on social media because security forces were directly involved in the crime. Public outrage escalated due to the lack of professionalism in the response from local authorities. The police men involved in the rape were left free.

On Monday 12th of August around 300 women marched to the attorney’s office.
Later, it was confirmed by the local attorney general’s office (PGJCDMX) that the victim had opted out of the legal process due to a leak of her personal information – including her name and her home address. This left her and her family vulnerable to retaliation.
During the protests, demonstrators smashed the glass door of the PGJCDMX building and sprayed Jesus Orta, Mexico’s local security minister, with pink glitter. Today, Orta is wanted by Interpol.
The media attention focused on the glitter attack much more than it did on the incompetence and corruption of the state to persecute the cases. Likewise, Mexico City's Major Claudia Sheinbaum stated that the the protest and the glitter bomb attack was a provocation, an act of vandalism.
As a result, On the 16th of August, women across the country took the streets, throwing pink glitter as they walked.

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The "diamantada nacional" protest was just one of many demonstrations that came after in response to the state's disavowal of the gender-based violence crimes that are committed every day across Mexico. Here, 2 long-term goals are being pursued: the end of the feminicide crimes and the government's attitude towards gender-based violence.


These protests took place at a national scope across key cities in Mexico. It gained national and international attention from the media as well. This event also brought attention to other important feminist demonstrations across Latin America, allowing for Latin American feminist groups to develop really interesting projects both virtual and embodied. Since this demonstration, there has been increasing pressure over the government officials in charge of prosecuting cases of gender violence. Pressure, however, is not the same as results.