This teenage feminist activist has been shot dead during a protest on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Marisol Cuadras, 18, was a member of the feminist collective ‘Feministas del Mar’ and was taking part in a protest in the city of Guayamas in the Mexican state of Sonora on 25th November.
25th November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the city’s mayor, Karla Cordova, from the governing Morena party, was in attendance.
At around 7.30pm, a group of armed gunmen opened fire at civil servants outside the city hall, where the protest was taking place.
Three people, including Marisol, were fatally hit, according to local media including Infobae Mexico. Two others were injured.
One of the dead was the mayor’s bodyguard, and the third victim had not yet been identified at the time of reporting.
Around 10 people were taking part in the protest against violence against women, which reportedly had the backing of the local authorities.
Marisol was studying at the Centro de Estudios Tecnologicos del Mar Guaymas (Guayamas Centre for Marine Technology Studies). She was reportedly as passionate about environmental issues as she was about women’s rights.
Her mum, Atyseret Uduenas, took to social media in the wake of the fatal shooting to write: “I’m a mother who has lost, in a protest, the most important thing one can have in this life, a child. I’m the mother of yet another victim. Know that there was nothing bad about her. Everyone who met her knew she was a good woman with dreams, with a whole life ahead of her.”
The authorities are reportedly investigating the case.
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