A Man Arrested For Not Wearing A Mask Died In Police Custody. Now Protests Are Erupting In Mexico

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Friday, June 5, 2020 - 11:03am
Updated: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:27pm
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MEXICO CITY — In the United States, thousands have been rallying after the death of George Floyd. And on Thursday, hundreds in Mexico protested in the city of Guadalajara after a civilian allegedly was beaten to death in police custody a month ago.

It all started with a video that went viral. It shows the arrest of Giovanni López, a 30-year-old construction worker in the state of Jalisco, Mexico; allegedly for not wearing a face mask while on the street (Jalisco's government made it mandatory). You can hear a man yelling to the police that López did nothing. A woman asks if they’re arresting him for not wearing a face mask in public, while heavily armed policemen drag him inside a police vehicle.

The next day, López's relatives found him in a public hospital dead of blunt-force trauma and with a gun wound in his leg. 

Protesters gathered late Thursday in downtown Guadalajara, Jalisco’s capital, demanding justice. The crowds chanted: "Giovanni didn’t die, he was killed by the government."

Police cars and an officer were set on fire. Windows and doors of public buildings were knocked down. The police arrested and beat some protesters, while using tear gas.

The local and federal governments promised to investigate López's death, while more protests are expected throughout the weekend. 

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