On October 27th, and despite the lockdown, feminist groups decided to demonstrate in the streets of Oaxaca City to demand justice for the 30 women reported missing in the state to date in October. Together with relatives and friends of the victims, they gathered in front of the government palace, where they placed a canvas and pasted flyers with the general information of 29-year-old Zayra Leticia Morales Loyola, who was seen for the last time on October 23rd. in Santa Maria Xochixtlapilco, Huajuapan de Leon.
They made the decision to carry out this protest due to the slowness of the Oaxaca General Prosecutor’s Office to initiate the proceedings against these disappearances and to demand that the authorities address this problem urgently.
They also reported that due to the inaction of the Prosecutor’s Office, “brigades were formed to search for Zayra. They went through the streets, vacant lots, rivers, roads, sidewalks, alleys, lots, looking for any clue that leads them to find Zayra’s whereabouts, because the more time passes, the less are the chances of finding Zayra alive.”
It should also be added that in the previous week three women were murdered, bringing the number of murdered women to 86 from January 1st to October 28th, 2020, according to figures from the “Rosario Castellanos” Group of Studies on Women (GESMujer).
For more information in Spanish:
Feministas exigen justicia por la desaparición de 30 mujeres en Oaxaca(Proceso, 29 de octubre de 2020)
Marchan mujeres contra feminicidios en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 28 de octubre de 2020)
Alerta colectivo de más de 30 oaxaqueñas desaparecidas en octubre(IstmoPress, 27 de octubre de 2020)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Oaxaca: Femicidal Violence Continues to Rise in the State (September 22, 2020)
Oaxaca: 126 Femicides One Year after Declaration of Gender Violence Alert (September 2, 2019)
Oaxaca: Aprueban la ley contra la violencia digital de género (July 12, 2019)