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Parents of ABC Nursery victims take over Segob facilities

Parents of the 49 children killed in the ABC nursery fire on Friday took the building of the Mexican Ministry of the Interior (Segob) to demand justice 11 years after the event, which occurred on June 5, 2009 in the northern state of Sonora.

Family members jumped over the fence of the property and struggled with police in the center of Mexico City to demand a meeting with the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas, whom they accused of failing to fulfill his promises.

“We are over, we are over, Mr. Alejandro Encinas, we are still waiting for you, we are still here waiting, hopefully you will hurry to eat and come,” said one of the parents from the courtyard of the main building.

The fire at the ABC nursery in the city of Hermosillo is one of the emblematic cases of impunity in Mexico because responsibility for the death of 49 children and the injuries to another 80 after the fire has not yet been established.

The children’s stay was private, but it worked with the surrogacy model of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, approached the relatives after assuming the mandate in December 2018, and a year later the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reopened the case.

On March 12, López Obrador signed a decree to grant a life pension to the mothers of the deceased children and all those who survived with injuries, but the families denounced this Friday that impunity persists.

The relatives placed crosses with the names of their deceased children in the courtyards of the Segob headquarters, where security guards repressed their demonstration.

“From many places we come to talk, we do not come to want problems,” exclaimed one of the parents.

Before her demonstration in the building, a woman named Silvia Castillo climbed the bars to demand justice for her murdered son in the central state of San Luis Potosí.

Also at the scene was Marcela Alemán, mother of a girl victim of sexual violence.

Both demanded the presence of Olga Sánchez Cordero, head of Segob.

Taking over buildings of the Government of Mexico has become one of the most recurrent actions of activists and victims in recent months.

The tactic began on September 4 with the seizure of one of the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in Mexico City, which unleashed a wave of protests that was replicated in at least 26 of the 32 entities of the country.