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"He got mad because I was drinking and we started arguing. We struggled and he said he wanted to kill me … With the same knife that hit me I buried him in the neck and killed him." It is the confession of Erick Francisco, 56, after brutally murdering his partner Ingrid Escamilla. The 26-year-old Mexican girl was dismembered and her remains were thrown by her own boyfriend into the toilet of the address they shared and to a nearby sewer, as he himself acknowledges in a video recorded by the Mexico City police.

The details of Ingrid's terrible death last Sunday have been leaking throughout the week, increasing the commotion among Mexican society. The young woman, who had been 'beauty queen' in her town had shown her outrage at other cases of gender violence in Mexico, as her profiles show on social networks.

The cruel feminicide of the young Ingrid and the filtration of explicit images of the event by the Police, as well as the confession of the confessed murderer, have outraged Mexico, a country that in 2019 recorded 1,006 murders of gender violence. Ingrid's death has not been one more.

Ingrid Escamilla and her killer.

The outrage that has aroused this crime transcends the pages of events and knocks on the door of the very Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). The walls of the National Palace of Mexico City woke up this February 14 full of vindictive graffiti: "Your silence is complicit", "They are killing us" or "Indifferent President".

And those painted in the presidential residence will not be the only claim. Mexican society, with the feminist movement at the helm, has said enough. The murder of Ingrid Escamilla and the filtering of the rough images of crime by the authorities is on the way to becoming a symbol, and a point of no return for the mobilizations against gender violence.

Feminist mobilization

"We are asking the president to fulfill his obligations and approve concrete measures to end the feminicide of the State," claims one of the protesters.

This protest next to the residence of AMLO was the first of those convened for this February 14 in the Mexican capital and in several cities of the country after the crime of Ingrid Escamilla. The security forces are on alert for possible incidents in the demonstrations. In August of last year, a march against sexist violence It ended with multiple destruction in urban furniture and public transport stations.

The consternation by the crime has given way to the indignation and coincides with a legal debate that has ignited more the spirits. Is the criminalization of the crime of feminicide useful? It is the discussion that the Attorney General of the Republic opened a few weeks ago that alleged "technical difficulties" for the application of this criminal offense.

Demonstration in memory of Ingrid's death in Mexico City

Demonstration in memory of Ingrid's death in Mexico City


Feminist associations and NGOs went out of their way to describe the prosecutor's proposal as "nonsense". The data speak for themselves: 10 women are killed every day in Mexico. "By convictions, by principles, I am against feminicide. It is unacceptable, abhorrent, it is something that cannot be allowed and that we have to face with all means, with all the force and forms that the Government has," he said. concluded AMLO without announcing concrete measures to stop the bleeding of femicides.