Mexican demonstrators splash presidential palace red in protest over murder of women

Mexico witnessed vehement protests due to the gruesome murder of Ingrid Escamilla in Mexico City and the jocular tone taken by newspapers who displayed graphic images of the victim's corpse on its cover.

Let's take a closer look at the incident and the femicidal fallout that followed:

Rage-fueled mourning

The heated Valentine's Day demonstration, led by women, was sparked by the killing of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla in Mexico City and the publication of graphic photos of her mutilated corpse in newspapers.

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Screaming bloody murder

Demonstrators graffitied the phrase "femicide state" and splashed blood-red paint on Mexico's presidential palace to protest the publication of gruesome images of a murder victim.

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Nos estan matando

The protesters, numbering at least a couple hundred and comprised mostly of women, chanted "not one more murder" while carrying signs that read "we demand responsible journalism," "Ingrid we are all you" and "sexism kills," the demonstrators demanded justice.

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Justice for Ingrid, justice for all

One protester spray-painted "INGRID" in tall pink letters on a door of the presidential palace. Many participants noted that Escamilla's was only the latest in a wave of brutal murders of women that have been dubbed "femicides."

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Sparks fly

Others graffitied slogans including "they are killing us" on the building's walls and used cans of flammable spray-paint which ejected bright flames to vandalise the government property.

Official data indicates that an average of 10 women a day are killed in Mexico. Last year marked a new overall homicide record. 

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