Human Rights Commission Reports Torture Cases by Mexican Police During #1DMx

Dec 7, 2012
9:20 PM

More and more stories about #1DMx are beginning to surface, and this time, they are coming from The Guardian. The site published an English-language report from Mexico City chronicling the revelation that Mexican police tortured protesters last Saturday during demonstrations against Enrique Peña Nieto, the country's new president.

Here is what The Guardian's Jo Tuckman wrote:

A preliminary investigation by Mexico City's human rights commission has found evidence of police brutality and arbitrary detentions during the violent protests during last Saturday's inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The ongoing investigation has identified at least four cases of possible torture, three of them involving electric shocks, as well as 22 cases of unjustified arrests among the 70 people still in jail in relation to the protests. Many of these face a preliminary charge of "attacks against the public peace", which carries a long prison term.

"The important thing here is that the authorities provide convincing evidence that the people who are sanctioned were really involved in the events and that we don't see people criminalised who were protesting peacefully or, in some cases, not even participating in the protests," the head of the commission, Luis González Placencia, told MVS Noticias.

While the article focuses on the violent acts that occurred that day, it also wrote about the situation surrounding non-violent protests: "…the commission's investigation partially supports the claims of activists and relatives of some of those in jail who insist the police went after the wrong people, including two Romanian freelance journalists."

In addition, the article featured the following video, which had gone viral on Facebook, but is also now on YouTube. The video shows "a man in a mauve shirt is seen standing in front of riot police verbally demanding that they release detainees not in the picture. An officer comes up from behind to pick him up and carry him behind police lines."