More than 1,000 women marched through Mexico City on Monday evening to demand that those responsible for killing hundreds of women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez be brought to justice.
More than 300 young girls and women have been killed in the town since 1993.
Hundreds of women protest in Mexico City the murders of women in the northern
city of Ciudad Juarez, Monday, Nov. 25, 2002. Some 280 women have been killed
in the last decade in Cuidad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, said
first lady Martha Sahagun de Fox. In the past, Juarez police have confirmed at
least 75 cases where women were raped and murdered. (AP Photo/Ismael Rojas)
The "Women in Black"
procession was held to coincide with the International
Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The marchers, dressed in black and holding candles, were joined by families
and friends of the victims as well as politicians and celebrities.
The march aimed to symbolise the lost souls of the victims, wandering in search
of justice and leaving a trail of blood behind them.
The case of the murdered women of Ciudad Juarez has caused widespread outrage.
Despite several federal and state investigations, the authorities have been
unable to identify the killers or establish a motive behind the murders.
Dozens of suspects have been arrested over the years, but the deaths still
Drug-related killings and sex slavery are among the lines of investigation being
for information have so far failed to produce many leads
Only last Thursday, more remains were found in the northern border town. The
Mexican police are investigating whether they are the bodies of two women recently
The remains were found in the backyard of a house allegedly used as the site
of satanic rituals.
The Juarez killings have also come to the attention of Mexico's First Lady
Martha Sahagun de Fox.
Speaking at Monday's unveiling of the new federal "Life Without Violence"
programme at the Mexico City offices of the Interior Ministry, she called the
killings the country's most outrageous example of violence against women.
She said investigators should do more to catch those responsible for the violence
in the town, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
But Rosario Robles, head of the opposition Democratic Revolution Party, blamed
President Fox's government for not doing more to stem the killings.
The investigation required "real political will from the federal government
in order to truly solve these killings," Mr Robles said.
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