Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Artist, women’s rights activist murdered in Ciudad Juárez

An artist and women’s rights activist was murdered in Ciudad Júarez, Chihuahua, late Friday night, sparking outrage and protests on the weekend.

Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre, 26, disappeared Friday night after leaving a bar to return to her home in downtown Juárez on her bicycle.

Chihuahua prosecutors announced on Sunday morning the discovery of a woman’s body in the downtown area. Messages and posts on social media quickly confirmed that it was that of Cabanillas.

A clothing designer, painter and active member of a women’s collective, Cabanillas was active in women’s rights initiatives.

The activist’s friends and family reported her missing on Saturday. Her body was found later that day with bullet wounds to the chest.

The murder sparked protests in Juárez on Sunday, when family, friends and women’s rights activists demanded justice.

A large police presence at the rally prompted protesters to denounce their absence at the time of Cabanillas’s murder.

They placed a pink cross at the site where her body was found in the hope that her murder would not go unpunished or be forgotten.

Source: El Universal (sp)

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.
A completely dried out section of Lake Patzcuaro in Mexico, with cracks in the lake bed

Drought affects just over 70% of Mexico’s territory

The latest national drought monitor reports that 85% of municipalities in Mexico are currently experiencing some level of drought.
A baby monkey drinks water from a volunteer

Authorities investigate reports of mass monkey deaths in southern Mexico

Conservation and animal welfare groups insist that soaring temperatures are to blame for the deaths of over 100 spider and howler monkeys.
Three women shield themselves with umbrellas during a heat wave in Mexico.

Parts of Mexico expecting temperatures above 45 C as third heat wave begins

Only six states will stay below maximum temperatures of 40 C this week, with the northern and southeastern regions bracing for highs above 45 C.