“We are going to dismember them”: detainees in protests over the Giovanni López case talk about the threats they received


File photo. Police detain a protester during a protest to demand justice for Giovanni López, in Guadalajara, June 4 (Photo: REUTERS / Fernando Carranza)

After several weeks of the violent demonstrations in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in the case of Giovanni López, young man killed by municipal police of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, detainees spoke about the threats and beatings they received during that day.

The governor of the entity, Enrique Alfaro, had denied that the authorities carried out arbitrary arrests and abused the use of power. However, the detainees have begun to give their testimonies about what occurred from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 of June.

The fuck has already loaded them, sons of their fucking mother, because they are seditious they will be loaded by the dick”A detained teacher (who did not reveal his name) quoted a police officer in his interview for the portal Process.

He told us they were going to cut us up. That in these times it is very easy to do it, that if we disappear, nobody would notice“He added

For three days in a row the people of Jalisco asked for justice for Giovanni López, who was reportedly killed by the police
For three days in a row the people of Jalisco asked for justice for Giovanni López, who was reportedly killed by the police

Despite the fact that during those days more than one hundred arrests by the ministerial authorities, only 14 complaints against the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) were registered with the Specialized Prosecutor in Combating Corruption (FECC).

According to another of the testimonies, the officers beat and threatened them on continuous occasions to detainees, accusing them of unruly and vandals. Shut your nose or we’ll break your mother, is one of the phrases that a detained woman remembers who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.

She indicated that she was accompanied by five people, two of them women with slogans painted on cardboard, and a few streets from the headquarters of the FGE, About six uniformed men pushed them violently against a fence.

Photograph of the protests of June 4, where a hundred arbitrary arrests were made (Photo: REUTERS / Fernando Carranza)
Photograph of the protests of June 4, where a hundred arbitrary arrests were made (Photo: REUTERS / Fernando Carranza)

After that, they were raised between blows and pulls to a red truck with no official logos. The woman reports that she began to yell at passersby to notice that they were being arbitrarily taken away, however, the police beat her as well as her companions and warned them to they had to stay down.

He noted that even some of the officers sat on top of one of the women, not caring that she was crying. Furthermore, that the physical and verbal attacks they continued throughout the journey to the FGE.

When they arrived at the police facilities, they were put through the back door to concentrate them in a yard. Declares that there were at least one hundred people to whom stripped of their cell phones, taking some to the intelligence area.

While the attacks continued, the woman tried to dialogue with the officers, however, she was identified as a troublemaker and was separated in a cage placed in the same courtyard where there were between 15 and 20 people, some minors. In this period No one approached them to ask for their data or take their statement.

During the events of June 4, some protesters were taken to the FGE where they were threatened (Photo: REUTERS / Fernando Carranza)
During the events of June 4, some protesters were taken to the FGE where they were threatened (Photo: REUTERS / Fernando Carranza)

There, a woman armed with something she described as a “horse femur” continued to threaten them, as did ministerial agents, who told them that they would take revenge for their partner who was burned by a protester near the Government Palace.

He explained that this happened in a span of 40 minutes. Before being released, they were told that “if they saw them again, they would no longer count it

Another of the detainees, who said he was a student at the University of Guadalajara, said that some threats pointed to a revenge from the governor.

They made it very clear to us that this was happening to us by messing with the governor. They constantly told us that they were going to disappear us and that our relatives were never going to find us

Police said in some threats that they would take revenge for his partner who was burned by protesters (Photo: REUTERS)
Police said in some threats that they would take revenge for his partner who was burned by protesters (Photo: REUTERS)

In addition, he pointed out that in the FGE facilities, In addition to the courtyard, they had more detainees in at least six more rooms with approximately 30 people. He referred that only 15 uniformed persons did not participate as stated by the head of the Prosecutor’s Office, Gerardo Solís.

There were about 50 at the main entrance, and on the other streets I have no idea how many there were. Entering the corrals there were about 20 police officers searching and removing the belongings

Given what happened, María González, coordinator of the Territory Defense Area of ​​the Mexican Institute for Community Development, AC (Imdec), and Denisse Montiel, from the Justice Center for Peace and Development (Cepad), explained that for the investigations and reconstruction of the events that occurred from June 4 to 6 in the entity, national and international entities must participate as the CNDH or the High Commissioner of the Un

It should be remembered that on June 10 three elements of the police of the municipality of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos they were detained in relation to arbitrary arrests and excessive use of force.

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