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Last Sunday, tens of people gathered in Ciudad Juarez to hold a memorial for Susana Chavez, who was murdered on January 5th. The 36 year-old poet was a women’s rights activist who had coined the term “Ni una más” (“Not one more”), used by the women and human rights groups to reject the feminicides in that city of the north of Mexico.
According to the general attorney’s office, Chavez was murdered by three underage men when she was resisting a rape. The men are now under police custody and it is expected that they will be sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The demonstrators placed flowers where the body had been left, and lit up candles and recited poems in honor of the activist.
The demonstrators also painted the walls of the house where the body of Susana Chavez was left, with legens like “Ni una mas” and hanged banners with the legend “Many women buried in no man’s land”.
Afterwards, the people who participated in the memorial service marched down the city streets and put the name of Susana on a cross where the name of the victims of feminicide are placed.
The death of the activist happened less than a month after the murder of Marisela Escobedo, another activist who was also remembered yesterday.
According to figures of the General Attorney’s Office of Mexico, in 2010 there were 306 feminicides in Ciudad Juarez, the highest number registered in 18 years.
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