Protestors took to the streets of a Mexican town on Thursday following the torture and murder of a young lesbian couple. The bodies of Nohemi Medina Martinez and Yulizsa Ramirez were dumped beside a highway last week.
The two women had been tortured, murdered and dismembered during a visit to Ciudad Juárez to visit family. They normally live in Texas with their three children.
Authorities discovered their mutilated remains in garbage bags scattered on a 17-mile stretch of highway.
Authorities say 68 murders occurred in Ciudad Juárez this month alone. Eleven of the victims were women. The day after the discovery of the Texan women’s bodies, authorities found the remains of two other women nearby. Although authorities could not identify the other victims, they believe they were in their 30s. They do not know if any connection exists between those women and Nohemi Medina Martinez and Yulizsa Ramirez.
Protests after murder of lesbian couple
On Thursday, local LGBT+ and feminist groups protested outside the office of the Chihuahua state Attorney-General.
The El Paso Times reported that protestors chanted “No nos maten por ser diferentes.” (Don’t kill us for being different.)
They demanded a proper investigation into the murder of the lesbian couple and others. They want the investigation to consider the possibility of a hate crime based on gender and sexual orientation.
“We call on society to pay attention to the awful violence that women in Juárez suffer.”
The protestors said that authorities do not give sufficient attention to sexual orientation or gender identity as a motive even when LGBT+ people fall victim to hate crimes.
Two federal government agencies also called for the investigation to examine issues of ‘hate crime and lesbophobia’.
The state governor promised earlier that the murders will not go unpunished. However, police are yet to make arrests.
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