Femicides on the Rise/Consultation on Aug. 1By Sofía Hanna | Mon, 06/28/2021 - 11:19
Violence against women. Rosa Icela Rodríguez, head of the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection, said that there had been a surge in attacks against women and in femicides between January and May 2021. The period saw a 7.1 percent increase compared to the same months a year earlier. In total, there have been 423 victims of femicide. "The government of President (Andrés Manuel López Obrador) is committed to adequately classifying femicides, no matter if the sum implies an increase in statistics," Icela said.
LGBT pride day. After the celebration of LGBT Pride Day, López Obrador commented that, "we are going to continue to respect everyone; the government that I represent does not allow classism, racism and discrimination, we are not like conservatives, we are in favor of freedoms ... We must guarantee full and broad freedom for all people, and respect for diversity, not only for tolerance, which is like a kind of concession; respect for rights of all is fundamental in a democratic society and we are going to continue that way, respecting everyone."
Public consultation. López Obrador announced that he will go ahead with a citizens’ consultation to determine whether or not former political officials should stand trial. "It was something illogical, absurd, because in the last election, as established in effect, article 35 could put a table with ballots and thus guarantee more citizen participation, more legitimacy, facilitating the effort to reach the necessary number of citizens so that the consultation has a binding effect, but there was no will in Congress, especially from the opposition," López Obrador said. He added that a consultation should be promoted because people from past elections "are anchored in representative democracy, they do not like participatory democracy." The consultation has to be carried out to "verify the dominance of a minority over the majority of the people and that is why the consultation will take place on Aug. 1."
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