Monday, January 10, 2011
Search for Justice
The Women March
Covering their faces with white in a display of mourning, dozens of women protested Saturday the hundreds of unsolved murders and disappearances of females in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
During the march that began at the Plaza de Armas and ended at the Santa Fe Bridge, mothers, daughters and students raised their voices, demanding justice from Federal, State and Municipal authorities for their relatives and for all Juárez.
With signs in hand containing the faces of dozens of missing women, the protesters chanted phrases such as "Juarez vive, la lucha sigue y sigue” (Juarez lives, the struggle goes on and on).
While walking through Vicente Guerrero Avenue on their route to 16 de Septiembre, the dozens of women and parents of the victims summoned the people of Juárez to join the cause.
“Únase pueblo, por el respeto y la justicia... Qué es lo que quiere Juárez, justicia, justicia, justicia” (People unite, for justice and respect. What does Juarez want? Justice, justice, justice).
As a special act in memory of the murdered women and especially the activist Marisela Escobedo and her daughter Rubí, the marchers put the names of the 304 women murdered in 2010 on the pink cross that straddles the lanes of the Santa Fe bridge between Juarez and El Paso, Tx.
Veronica Corchado from the Colectiva de Mujeres movement (Women's Collective), and one of the people who led the march, said that while not attended by as large a number of people as expected, the event met its goal which is to keep alive the people’s voice against the violence.
Theater of the absurd
In the theater of the absurd that too often characterizes Mexico’s justice system, the three judges that exonerated the confessed killer of Rubí Escobedo, Netzahualcóyotl Zúniga, Rafael Boudib and Catalina Ochoa, have threatened to flee Mexico and file for political asylum in the United States if the investigation into their judicial conduct results in any charges.
Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte ordered the impeachment of the judges after the assassination of Rubí’s mother, Human Rights activist Marisela Escobedo, on December 16th.
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The Judges have been suspended and removed from the bench and could face charges of illegally letting a criminal free who was deemed dangerous to the public safety, according to the state attorney general's office.
The suspect and Zeta gangmember, Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra, was exonerated of all charges in the case in April of 2010 by the three judge panel. Their ruling was later overturned and Sergio Barraza was later convicted in absentia for the murder of Rubí and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
The suspended judges have declared that the legal briefs prepared by inept state prosecutors contained serious evidentiary errors while proponents of the judges’ impeachment state that the confession by Barraza that led to the site of Rubí’s burial was proof enough of guilt, and furthermore, the briefs should have been allowed to be corrected.
Barraza claimed that the confession was inadmissible as it was given after he was tortured by authorities.
Of the former Chihuahua Attorney General, Patricia Gonzalez, widely believed to be extremely corrupted and associated with organized crime and the President of the Chihuahua Supreme Court, Rodolfo Acosta Munoz, who are both alledged to have ordered the judges to exonerate Sergio Rafael Barraza, Governor Duarte has said or done nothing.
Barraza remains at large and is now also wanted for the murder of Marisela Escobedo.
Marisela Escobedo said a week before her murder that she had received death threats from Sergio Barraza and members of his family. .
"Kill me in front of the Governor’s palace to shame the authorities, " the defiant Marisela is reported to have responded to the threats. Sergio Barraza complied with impunity.
Claman justicia para mujeres asesinadas.
Diario de Juarez: http://www.diario.com.mx/notas.php?f=2011/01/09&id=648cf1e37bf3aabbd9c4d17ae9d11828
Batidero Judicial en palacio
Dan 50 años de carcel
Pediran asilo politico