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Mexico Hit by Wave of Protests Following Girl's Murder

IN PICTURES: Thousands participated in protests across Mexico over the death of Mara Fernanda Castilla who first went missing Sept. 8.

Following the sexual assault and murder of 19-year-old Mara Fernanda Castilla late last week, protests erupted across Mexico Sunday as thousands called for more action from government officials for crimes against women and an end to femicides in the country.

Castilla disappeared Sept. 8 after climbing into a Cabify taxi service. Her body was found Friday in Santa Maria Xonacatepec, a small town about 10 miles from the city of Puebla.

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A woman protests against femicides in Mexico.
A woman protests against femicides in Mexico. Photo:AFP
Women hold up signs demanding freedom from sexual assault.
Women hold up signs demanding freedom from sexual assault. Photo:AFP
The slogan, “Ni Una Mas” or “Not One More” has become the rallying cry against femicides in Latin America.
The slogan, “Ni Una Mas” or “Not One More” has become the rallying cry against femicides in Latin America. Photo:Reuters
Family members of Mara Fernanda Castilla carry roses and take part in a march in Xalapa, Veracruz state, Mexico.
Family members of Mara Fernanda Castilla carry roses and take part in a march in Xalapa, Veracruz state, Mexico. Photo:AFP
The banner says 82 women have been assassinated in Puebla.
The banner says 82 women have been assassinated in Puebla. Photo:Reuters
A Protester carries a balloon which reads, “Ni Una Mas” or “Not One More” in a push for the Mexican government to intercede and end femicides.
A Protester carries a balloon which reads, “Ni Una Mas” or “Not One More” in a push for the Mexican government to intercede and end femicides. Photo:Reuters
The taxi driver has been arrested as the prime suspect in Castilla
The taxi driver has been arrested as the prime suspect in Castilla's murder, but has yet to be formally charged. Photo:Reuters
 A woman carries a sign which reads, “We want to live” during the protests Sunday.
A woman carries a sign which reads, “We want to live” during the protests Sunday. Photo:AFP
Demonstrators graffiti pink crosses with the words, “Ni Una Mas." There have been over 300 femicides in Mexico since 2016.
Demonstrators graffiti pink crosses with the words, “Ni Una Mas." There have been over 300 femicides in Mexico since 2016. Photo:Reuters
The high rate of impunity — among broader issues of security and inequality that make women vulnerable — helps normalize violence against women.
The high rate of impunity — among broader issues of security and inequality that make women vulnerable — helps normalize violence against women. Photo:AFP
A protester holds a sign that reads, "Let us live, dammit."
A protester holds a sign that reads, "Let us live, dammit." Photo:Reuters
Women hold a banner that reads, "No more violence against women."
Women hold a banner that reads, "No more violence against women." Photo:Reuters
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