Capital Police Reclaim Human Rights Office after 19-Month Occupation

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After more than 19 months of occupation by the predominantly female Okupa movement protest group, the headquarters of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in downtown Mexico City was reclaimed by capital police on the night of Friday, April 15.

Mexico City’s Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) police implemented an operation to surround the building and evict the occupants after four hooded women who had presumably been living inside the occupied structure were detained by police following their alleged attack with metal rods on a car with a woman inside it on Wednesday, April 13.

A video of the attack just outside the CNDH building, located at República de Cuba 60 in the Centro Histórico, was seen on social media and went viral nationally.

Apparently, the women, who had been occupying the building for the last 19 months as part of a continued women’s rights protest, had previously assaulted other people in the area and demanded money.

Omar García Harfuch, head of the SSC, reported on the recovery of the CNDH headquarters Friday night.

“As a result of a complaint about attacks on the República de Cuba street, the Mexico City Prosecutor’s Office and the SSC intervened and recovered a property in order to prevent it from being used to carry out more actions that put citizens at risk,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

At least three women who were inside the building resisted arrest, throwing themselves on the ground and forcing the officers to use force. They were subsequently arrested.

About 20 other women left the building without resistance and were not detained.

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