On September 2nd, a group of relatives of disappeared persons took over the offices of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), located in the center of Mexico City, demanding justice.
Five days later, they continue there. Furthermore, more groups and organizations have joined the action and/or have shown support, such as Feminist Black Block, the Not One Less National Front Mexico and Aequuus, Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, among others.
On September 5th, the protesters held a protest outside the facility in which chairs were burned and a painting of Francisco I. Madero, owned by the national body, was defaced. They changed the official CNDH sign to put “ Not One Less Refuge Mexico” in its place, with the aim of putting pressure on the body and the authorities to recognize gender violence and implement measures to counter it.
“It is a decision given the “immobility” of authorities of the three levels of government to respond to the demands for truth and justice faced with various crimes such as femicides, disappearances, extrajudicial executions, intentional homicides, among others,” La Jornada reported.
On September 7th, the CNDH itself exhorted the groups that “hold our offices to allow us to return to continue with our responsibilities, to listen to their demands and also work on solving them.”
This same day, news reports reported that several members of different social organizations of the LGBTTTI + movement joined the protest to offer their “full support to this movement,” and highlighted that the current administration of the CNDH, from the beginning, promised to be close, to work and provide accompaniment with and for the victims, especially the most vulnerable, but these promises have not been kept.
Mexican academics have expressed that they see the takeover of the CNDH offices as an “issue that shows a deep crisis in 4T, particularly regarding the policy of care for victims of violence.”
On the other hand, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stressed that he does not agree with the “violence and vandalism” that protesters have carried out in the offices of the CNDH, particularly with the damage to the painting of Francisco I. Madero.
It is worth mentioning that the two women who started the process, and even tied themselves to chairs to demand a response to their demands, have already left.
More information in Spanish:
Puertas fueron abiertas a la fuerza, no se incrimina a nadie: CNDH ante ocupación. (El Universal, 7 de septiembre)
Toma de la CNDH muestra una crisis en la atención a víctimas: Mesa de análisis| Video (Aristegui, 7 de septiembre)
Agrupaciones LGBT se unen a toma de CNDH; instalan centro de acopio (El Milenio, 7 de septiembre)
Condena AMLO ‘violencia y vandalismo’ en oficinas de la CNDH | Entérate (Aristegui, 7 de septiembre)
Exigen a CNDH recomendación contra la violencia de género; mantienen toma(Animal Político, 6 de septiembre)
Continúa ‘toma’ de la CNDH; es una acción ‘okupa’, dicen feministas (La Jornada, 6 de septiembre)
Familiares de desaparecidos “toman” sala de la CNDH (La Jornada, 2 de septiembre)
More information from SIAPZ:
National: AMLO Presents Second Government Report (SEPTEMBER 4, 2020)
National: Senate Approves Competence of UNO Committee against Forced Disappearances(September 3, 2020)
Nacional: Declaraciones de AMLO con respecto a la violencia de género provoca reacciones de diversos actores. (May 19, 2020)