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Mexico City Mayor Accuses Authorities of Covering Up Murder of Young Woman

HeadlineNov 09, 2022

In Mexico, anti-corruption officials are investigating the attorney general’s office in the state of Morelos, accusing it of covering up the femicide of 27-year-old Ariadna López, whose body was found by a highway last week. Morelos officials claimed López had died of alcohol intoxication. But during a press conference Monday, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum presented the results of a second autopsy that found López had actually died of multiple force trauma. Sheinbaum also played security footage of a man in an apartment building parking garage carrying a body — which Sheinbaum alleged was Ariadna López. Last year alone, there were over 1,000 femicides reported in Mexico. This is activist Karina Vara.

Karina Vara: “We ask the authorities to work and give accurate, substantive results. We do not want declarations or statements. We demand justice and dignity. The state is femicide and revictimizes with its actions. Its omissions build the path of impunity that our aggressors enjoy. The community is an accomplice. Men take our lives.”

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