• The grisly killing and mutilation of Ingrid Escamilla, a 25-year-old Mexican woman, set off a massive protest among activists who are concerned about the rising trend of femicide in the country. 
  • Femicide, or the killing of a woman because of her gender, has been on the rise in the country, with concerns boiling over after Escamilla's death and widespread photos of her mutilated body. 
  • Protests flooded the streets of Mexico City on Valentine's Day, with demonstrators launching fake blood and spray paint at the presidential palace in a bid for federal action. 
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  • Hundreds of mostly female demonstrators flooded the streets of Mexico City to protest the gruesome killing of a 25-year-old woman that comes as the latest in a concerning rise of female murders, or femicides. 

    Activists responded to the death of Ingrid Escamilla in Mexico City after multiple newspapers published photos of her mutilated corpse in perhaps the most grisly of a string of murders that triggered criticism over the country's treatment of gender-related killings. 

    President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was holding a Friday press conference when protestors targeted the outside of his official residence with spray paint and fake blood, demanding a response from the country's leaders. 

    "It enrages us that the public judges us, saying 'this isn't the right way to express your rage,'" demonstrators said in a statement reported by the Associated Press. "We are not mad, we are furious."

    See the fiery protests that come as a response to the disturbing trend.