(4 Nov 2019) Relatives of women and girls murdered or missing in Mexico marched through the capital Sunday carrying over 100 purple crosses inscribed with the names of victims, as they demanded justice for their loved ones and better investigations.
Bearing T-shirts and signs with photos, they walked behind banners and chanted the women’s names as they headed for the sprawling Zocalo to set up an offering near a massive altar erected to mark Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Dia de Muertos is observed Nov. 1-2 and the demonstration was billed as a “Dia de Muertos” march, or “Day of the Dead Women,” to call attention to the killings of women and girls – nine per day in the country on average, according to the United Nations.
Journalist and activist Frida Guerrera said that she was marching because many women had not died of old age or from illness, but were “snatched away” and “ripped from their families.”
Norma, a 43-year-old Mexico City resident, attended because she wanted justice for her daughter Valeria, a 24-year-old engineering student who was murdered in June allegedly by her boyfriend.
Norma, who declined to give her full name because the suspect who murdered her daughter is still at large, was accompanied by about 30 relatives and friends of Valeria and perhaps 200 other purple-clad demonstrators.
The march was the second held by the Voices of Absence organization, which was born out of an online chat and has grown to include over 100 families.
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