|English | Español||February 20, 2017 | Issue #67|
A Police Officer Broke Ranks: This Happened on July 7, 2012 in Mexico
Testimony of the Commitment to Nonviolent Resistance in #YoSoy132
By Erika Pacheco de la Rosa
|We began to chant, “Nonviolence! Nonviolence!” And next, we chanted, “Sit down! Sit down!” Everyone listened and did it. Everyone respected the guidelines. |
I saw how people chanted slogans at Televisa. When night fell I decided to videotape the light repression that the police caused when they pushed us to one side so the wedding guests could pass. There were riot cops and walls of police officiers, they were big, and they began to push us.
We began to chant, “Nonviolence! Nonviolence!” And next, we chanted, “Sit down! Sit down!” Everyone listened and did it. Everyone respected the guidelines. We were seated for a while. Next, a girl gave flowers to the police officers. She put them on their uniforms. Things began to calm down.
Someone said, “women in front!” And we put ourselves there. The men of the movement protected us and we protected them. One young woman kissed a police officer and all of us women who were in the front started kissing them on the cheek. We are friends, not enemies.
After we began chanting and demonstrating, the night ended when a police officer broke ranks, which I respect and admire for his bravery. Had he been a member of my family I would love him for being congruent with his role in society.
This happened on July 7, 2012.
Erika Pacheco de la Rosa.
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism