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Cancun Police Chief Eduardo Santamaría has officially been removed from his post due to the unwarranted shooting into a peaceful crowd of protestors earlier this week, Cancun Mayor Mara Lezama announced Tuesday, Nov. 10.

On Monday, Nov. 9, Cancun municipal shot rounds into the air to break up a protest in a public plaza in front of resort city’s town hall by local residents demanding justice for the recent femicide of Bianca Alejandrina Lorenzana Alvarado, nicknamed Alexis.

The 20-year-old Lorenzana Alvarado was last seen alive on Saturday, Nov. 7, and her body was found by the police the following day.

According to Cancun police reports, she had been violently raped prior to her death.

As a result of the police shooting of the protestors, at least two people — both news journalists — were shot and injured.

Reporter Cecilia Solís was shot in the leg and photographer Roberto Becerril was shot in the leg. Both are expected to recover.

Later, Alberto Capella, secretary of public safety in Quintana Roo, the state where Cancun is located, reprimanded the police involved in the incident, calling their action “the worst stupidity” they could have committed.

At least 12 other femicides have been reported in Quintana Roo this year.

On average, 10 women are murdered in Mexico daily, according to government officials.

…Nov. 11, 2020

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