Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico's legendary Angel of Independence Memorial on Saturday after feminists distorted it with graffiti during a violent and violent protest against a series of alleged rape by the police. This week resulted from the assumption that the city officials did not adequately investigate the allegations of rape. Both victims were teenagers. The demonstrations were known as "glittering protests" after demonstrators doused the town's police chief with pink glitter.
Hundreds of city workers spent the early morning cleaning and painting graffiti.
Deputy Director Dolores Martínez of the National Fine Arts Institute reported at the foot of the statue that the officials assessed the damage to Angel and other points in the capital attacking the demonstrators.
At the same time, Martínez added that the Institute of Fine Arts "respects freedom of expression and provides support for action to eradicate all forms of violence against women."
Protesters wrote sentences such as "They do not care about us" and "Rape state" in lime green. Violet and black spray paint on the pedestal of the Angel Monument, reminiscent of Mexico's independence from Spain, often celebrated by the city's inhabitants.
Protesters also painted the word "rapist" on the wall of a nearby police station and devastated a large bus stop. A male television reporter was attacked by another man while reporting the protest.
The mayor of Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum, the first woman to be elected city government, said via Twitter that the Metropolitan Procuratorate will investigate and bring charges against those who attacked journalists.
Violence against women is a serious problem in Mexico.
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The Mexican Minister of Culture José Alfonso Suárez del Echte, expressed mourning over the vandalism at the Angel Monument, which "belongs to the Mexican people, not to the state."
The Monument on Reforma Avenue is a meeting place for protests and celebrations. Football fans gather regularly at the base to celebrate the victories of their teams, while young girls known as quinceañeras take photos at weekends in oversized party dresses based on the monument. A stretch limousine, a Quinceañera celebrant in a powder blue taffeta dress , gasped in horror. Another, in a voluminous burgundy-colored robe, made her photo shoot on the lawn around the monument despite the wooden barricade in the background.
The art historian Mara Fragoso came to assess the angel's damage with contradictory feelings. She said she understands and shares the anger of the demonstrators about violence against women, but she said monuments should not be violated.
The angel is in many ways a monument to women, said Fragoso. In addition to the golden female figure of an angel at the top, Stoic female bronze figures are attached to the four corners of the pedestal.
Among the bronze figures are the words: War, Peace, Justice and Justice.
"We are divided into outrage that is obvious, but also into outrage over vandalism," said Fragoso. "Both things are valid."