Left Menu
Development News Edition

Protests over police abuses spread to Mexico City, stones thrown at U.S. embassy

Reuters | Mexico City | Updated: 06-06-2020 03:44 IST | Created: 06-06-2020 03:44 IST
Protests over police abuses spread to Mexico City, stones thrown at U.S. embassy

Masked men and women protesting police abuses vandalized buildings and threw stones at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City on Friday as Mexican state authorities arrested three officers in a bid to quell anger over the death of a man in police custody. Protesters have been demanding that authorities be held accountable over the death of Giovanni Lopez, who died in police custody in the western state of Jalisco last month. The exact circumstances are unclear, but footage on social media shows a young man, identified as Lopez, being detained by police in early May.

Bystanders can be heard saying the police were arresting him for not using a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Solis said authorities had arrested three police officers over the death of Lopez, a construction worker.

"We already have the first arrests and we have decided to take control of the Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos municipal police. And I give you my word, Giovanni's death will not go unpunished," Jalisco governor Enrique Alfaro said on Twitter. The protests flared up in Mexico after demonstrations broke out in the United States and further afield in support of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in Minneapolis last month after a white police officer kept a knee pressed to his neck.

On Friday, dressed in black and with their faces covered, protesters marched along one of central Mexico City's main avenues, setting fire to cars and smashing up the fronts of a number of businesses, including a branch of the Mexican unit of U.S. bank Citigroup Inc. Mostly young protesters with anarchist banners also hurled molotov cocktails at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City and threw stones and burning objects over the metal barricades surrounding the embassy.

On Thursday, protesters vandalized buildings and set ablaze police cars in Guadalajara, Mexico's no. 2 city and the capital of Jalisco. The Guadalajara mayor's office said 26 people had been detained in the protests.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Why COVID-19 is unstoppable in USA despite it being ranked at the top of GHS Index?

Several worst-hit countries such as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Canada, and Russia have peaked COVID-19 cases in April. Almost all of them have gradually flattened the curve. However, the USA is setting new daily records of infections tha...

COVID-19 seems cooking biggest ever global scam

The increasing number of corruption cases on COVID-19 funds from throughout the world and involvement of high profile persons indicate that the countries cant ignore corruption in their pandemic response programs. This has generated the nee...

Health Management Information Systems lack holistic, integrated, and pandemic resilient character

Being a part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization WHO deserves its share of rebuke for its alleged failure issue COVID-19 health emergency alerts on appropriate time. However, the pandemic has also exposed loopholes i...

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...

Videos

Latest News

India has not yet reached community transmission stage of COVID-19; there have been some localised outbreaks: Health Ministry.

India has not yet reached community transmission stage of COVID-19 there have been some localised outbreaks Health Ministry....

Five volumes of Mongolian Kanjur presented to President Kovind

The Ministry of Culture has taken up the project of reprinting of 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur under the National Mission for Manuscripts NMM. The first set of five volumes of Mongolian Kanjur published under the NMM was presented to the...

ANALYSIS-Severe bread shortages loom for Syria as fresh U.S. sanctions grip

Syria could face severe bread shortages for the first time since the start of the war, another challenge for President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with an economic meltdown and fresh U.S. sanctions, a U.N. official, activists and farmers...

Aimee Garcia to star in romcom 'Match Me If You Can'

Lucifer star Aimee Garcia is set to headline the romantic comedy Match Me If You Can, which she will also executive produce. According to Deadline, the film will explore the world of dating in todays geek culture.Garcia will play Kip Parson...

Give Feedback