Mexico. What follows is a report about protests and clashes in various ciries across Mexico, after cops killed Giovanni Lopez in Guadalajara and George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Originally published by Anarquia Info. Translated by Enough 14.
Murder of Giovanni and protests in Guadalajara (June 4)
Adding to the international climate caused not only by the pandemic, but also by a crisis of the system and civilization that uses the covid-19 as a pretext to intensify social domination, and just a week after the shock of the American revolts caused by the murder of the African-American George Floyd at the hands of supremacist police, one of the many cases of police violence to which we are accustomed in Mexico is spreading through the (social) networks. This is a video that shows the protests after the arrest of Giovanni Lopez, a bricklayer who was beaten and killed by police while sitting on the street without a mask, in the municipality of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos in Jalisco, on May 4, 2020. On Thursday, June 4, downtown Guadalajara became the scene of a fiery protest that ended with two burning police cars, graffiti on the walls, and destruction of government property. The police attacked the crowds with tear gas and the day ended with more than twenty arrests. Public opinion was outraged when one of the demonstrators, covered in gasoline, doused a motorized policeman and set him on fire with a lighter.
It must be clarified that the government of Jalisco decided to opt for police and administrative measures against the population under the pretext of taking care of the citizens; this is added to a climate of militarization camouflaged as an optimization of the police forces throughout the country.
Destruction in Mexico City (June 5)
On Friday, June 5, the protests are replicated in Mexico City with a call in defense of the anti-fascist movement against its designation as a “terrorist group” in the United States and in response to the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Giovanni Lopez in Jalisco. The call for the demonstration was made to gather outside the U.S. Embassy where anarchists and anti-fascists came together in a combative manner, looting, attacking with hammers, stones, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails, against businesses and government offices, public property, and bus stations, and directly confronting the police and repelling the press, leaving their chaotic mark along the Avenida Reforma. Social networks spread the news that a comrade had been beaten up and was hospitalized, but not arrested.
Second day of protests in Guadalajara (June 5)
Once again in Guadalajara, on June 5, three marches were held to demand justice for Giovanni’s case in different parts of the city: the Government Palace, the Jalisco House and the State Prosecutor’s Office located on 14th Street. Plainclothes police officers made themselves visible through red dots. Other reports claim that public transportation trucks were stopped by police who arrested anyone who looked like a protester. There are also reports of attacks on patrols, graffiti and blockades.
Actions extend to Veracruz and more deaths by police (June 5)
In the midst of all of this heated scenario, another case of police brutality begins to circulate through networks, this time in Xalapa, Veracruz, where a well-known silkscreen printer from the hip-hop community Carlos Andrés Navarro aka “El Area” is arrested and beaten to death in the police station’s isolation areas. A video is released showing Carlos Andrés being cornered by police, while shouting “Help, they want to kidnap me!
In the early morning of June 5, a group of unidentified people went out to put up an incendiary barricade outside the house where five years ago, on June 5, 2015, a group of paramilitary police, attacked a group of student activists, among them an infiltrated cop who was the only one who was unharmed. A tarp was hung over the house with slogans vindicating George Floyd, Giovanni Lopez, Oliver and Andres Navarro. With slogans against racism and FUCK THE POLICE.
They also set fire in San Luis Potosi (June 5)
Now there was a call for a demo in San Luis Potosi, the mobilization started in the Plaza de Armas and went to the Potosi Congress, which was the target of riots and vandalism by a part of the protesters. The acronym ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) was displayed on the walls of both the Congress and the Prosecutor’s Office, where a Soledad municipal police car was set on fire. There are reports of arrests.
IN THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO, CHILE, INDONESIA, ITALY, GREECE, FRANCE AND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD THE ENEMY IS THE SAME: THE STATE/CAPITAL!
FIRE AT THE POLICE!
AGAINST THE RISE OF RACISM, FASCISM, CONSERVATISM, SEXISM, FEMINISM AND ALL AUTHORITY!
GET ORGANIZED, MASK UP AND ATTACK!
STOP THE MILITARIZATION OF OUR LIVES, DOWN WITH THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC DICTATORSHIP!
DON’T LET THEM TURN OFF OUR ANGER!
WE DON’T WANT PARADES OR CARNIVALS, WE’LL MAKE WILD RIOTS!
LET THE NIGHT BE ILLUMINATED!
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