Policeman set on fire during protest in Mexico

On May 4, the lxtlahuacan de los Membrillos police arrested and beat the 30-year-old man, allegedly for not wearing a protective mask in the midst of the coronavirus health emergency. Hours later, the victim died from brain injuries after being transferred to a hospital.

Around 1,000 people protested on Thursday outside the Government Palace of #Guadalajara, in the #Mexico’s state of Jalisco, demanding justice over the death of #AlejandroGiovanniLopez, who died a month ago after being brutally beaten by the police during his arrest.

Under the slogan “Giovanni did not die, the state killed him,” the protesters expressed their outrage at the young man’s death by burning police vehicles and trying to break down the doors of the regional government headquarters.

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Mexico is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is the most populous Spanish-speaking nation. Mexico City is its capital city and largest metropolis. Other major urban areas include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and León.

Pre-Columbian Mexico traces its origins to 8,000 BC and was home to civilizations including the Maya and the Aztecs. In 1521, the Spanish Empire conquered and colonized the territory, which then became known as New Spain. The Catholic Church played an important role as millions of indigenous inhabitants converted. These populations were exploited to mine rich deposits of precious material, which became a major source of wealth for the Spanish. Mexico became an independent nation state after the successful Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1821.

Under the Institutional Revolutionary Party, Mexico was a de facto one-party state from 1929 until 2000.

Mexico is a developing country, but has the world’s 15th-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 11th-largest by PPP, with the United States being its largest economic partner. Since 2006, a conflict between the government and drug trafficking syndicates has led to over 120,000 deaths.

Mexico receives a significant number of tourists every year; in 2018, it was the 6th most-visited country in the world, with 39 million international arrivals.

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