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Protesters vandalize US Embassy in Mexico

Mexico City, Jun 5 (efe-epa).- Dozens of people protesting police violence against the public in Mexico and the United States vandalized the US Embassy in this capital Friday.

Mostly masked and clad in black, the militants hurled rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails at the diplomatic mission on Reforma, Mexico City’s main thoroughfare.

The same area was the scene Thursday night of a peaceful march in solidarity with protests across the US spurred by the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an African American, at the hands of a white police officer.

But the demonstrations here are also about a young man’s deadly encounter with police in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

After trying to topple the metal fencing erected in front of the embassy by authorities, the youths taking part in Friday’s protest went to the rear of building to toss projectiles and firebombs.

Besides the US mission, the militants targeted nearby banks, hotels and shops while spray-painting graffiti on walls. They also tore down protective barriers around monuments, blocked traffic and vandalized bus stops.

Two members of the media said they were physically assaulted by protesters.

The militants then moved on to the Jalisco state government delegation, located in Mexico City’s exclusive Polanco neighborhood, to demand action against the police involved in the death of Giovanni Lopez.

A video emerged this week of the violent arrest of Lopez on May 4 in the town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos. The next day, authorities contacted his family to inform them that Giovanni had been taken to a hospital, where he died.

Lopez, who was allegedly detained for failing to wear a mask in compliance with Covid-19 restrictions, showed signs of having been beaten and had a bullet wound in one leg.

The Lopez case has spawned a movement, Justice for Giovanni, attracting support from prominent Mexicans such as actress Salma Hayek and Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro. EFE ppc/dr

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