Re: Mexico now beating street children

JENNAFER WAGGONER (refugee@gte.net)
Mon, 27 Aug 1956 13:01:33 +0000


World Homeless Union wrote:
> 
> From: "Ana de Lara - Casa Alianza"
> <casalnza@sol.racsa.co.cr>
> 
> April 16th, 1998
> 
> BEATING OF TWENTY STREET CHILDREN IN MEXICO CITY BY POLICE
> 
> On Tuesday, April 14th, at approximately 17:00 hours, a
> group of about 20 street children (boys and girls between
> the ages of 12 and 18) were in the Alameda Central of
> Mexico City (in front of the Diego Rivera mural). This is
> a group of street children with whom Casa Alianza has
> been working closely for more than a year - they are just
> two blocks from our Casa Alianza program site. They live
> in the sewers close to the plaza at the end of the Alameda
> closest to the metro Hidalgo.
> 
> The boys were being attended by a group of volunteers from
> a Mexican agency, who were handing out food. Out of the
> blue police patrol car number C-186, together with a
> Granaderos (riot police) bus No. 17525 stopped at the
> point where the street children were eating. The uniformed
> authorities got out of their vehicles and immediately
> started to hit the street children with their truncheons
> and the butts of the weapons they were carrying. Several
> of the street children received significant beatings,
> which needed medical treatment (provided by Casa Alianza
> staff).
> 
> Both street children and nearby merchants heard at least
> "several" shots fired by the Granaderos riot police.
> Luckily, no-one was wounded. A photographer captured the
> action and the wounded children and the children were able
> to identify the police agents from the photos.
> 
> According to witnesses, one of the policemen threatened 10
> year old street child Fransisco Ivan Maya Lopez by holding
> a pistol to the boy's head.
> 
>  Approximately 10 children were loaded onto the Granaderos
> bus (Pedro Anaya; Luis Hernandez; Silvino Lopez; Hector
> Cruz; Juan Ulises Garcia;  Raymundo Armas; Guadalupe
> Segura; Mario Perez; Homero Lopez; y Adan Chagoyan), all
> between 14 and 16 years old.
> 
> As the police bus drove away down Avenida Hidalgo to Paseo
> de la Reforma Norte, witnesses saw the riot police kicking
> the children inside the bus. Further down Reforma at the
> Glorieta de Simon Bolivar, the Granaderos took photographs
> of the detained children.
> 
> Casa Alianza staff called the "Ministerio Publico Movil" -
> a mobile Public Prosector's Office - which arrived to the
> Casa Alianza program on Avenida Reforma No. 111, and took
> statements from six street children who were treated by
> our medical staff. Many of the children had head wounds).
> Casa Alianza made formal complaints for each of the
> children, including thirteen year old Araceli.
> 
> The Granaderos riot police bus took the ten detained
> children to the Sixth Agency of the Public prosecutor's
> Office (Ministerio Publico) where file Sexta/116/9804 was
> opened, and the children were charged with damage to
> private property and resisting arrest. All they were
> doing was eating a sandwich....
> 
> According to press reports, the Mayor of the Cuauhtemoc
> district of Mexico City, Jorge Legorreta, considered the
> actions as an "normal confrontation" (La Jornada, 16 de
> abril de 1998).
> 
> Please send a polite e-mail message to the following
> Mexico City media (I do not have e-mails for the
> authorities) expressing your concern for the beating of
> the street children by police authorities - your wanting
> an immediate investigation into the violence against
> street children by the police - your interest in receiving
> a public response to your concerns from the authorities.
> 
> E-MAIL ADDRESSES:
> 
> Mexico City Times <mexcittm@infosel.net.mx>
> La Jornada <jornada@condor.dgsca.unam.mx>
> Mexico Corrspondent, Washington Post
> <74511.2345@compuserve.com>
> NOTIMEX <internacional@notimex.com.mx>
> Mexico City News <news@novedades.com>
> Reforma <nacional@reforma.com.mx>
> 
> And a copy please to me <bruce@casa-alianza.org>
> 
> Bruce Harris
> 
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