Sanmiguelenses demand justice and security
By Atención Staff
On March 7, more than 200 sanmiguelenses participated in a march to demand crime reporting, security and the pursuit of justice. The gathering point was the Jardín Principal, and from there they walked to the Edificio Administrativo (City Hall) on Salida a Querétaro. The march was organized in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of a woman from San Miguel.
Nancy Lara Valenzuela, a 29-year-old deaf sanmiguelense, had an active social life and many friends. On February 18 in the afternoon she went out to walk her beloved dogs. Her parents started worrying when the dogs came back alone to the house. “She would never have let them go home alone,” said one close source. On February 19, a photo of Nancy was published on Facebook, describing her as missing. On March 2 her body was found on an unpaved road. This case, according to District Attorney Miguel Ángel Rangél Zendejas, is under investigation by the SADAI (Attorney General’s Office for High-Impact Felonies). Rangel also said that this kidnapping has been the only one reported this year at that office.
On March 5, an invitation to a march honoring Nancy and against organized crime was published on Facebook, and more than 200 Mexicans and foreigners took part. The protesters (once at the city hall) demanded security and the pursuit of justice in some cases that have not been solved, including Nancy’s case, even if the investigations are handled by the Attorney General’s Office rather than the municipal security department. After some fruitless discussions between marchers and the head of the Traffic Department, Eleazar Romero, Assistant Mayor José Luis Chagoyán and Héctor Medellín, secretary of the city council, a committee was formed to hold a dialogue. Although the people wanted a response from Mayor Trejo, he was not at city hall because he was attending a speech by the governor in Guanajuato. Trejo arrived later that day and met with representatives from the march.
In the meeting, the mayor and protestors agreed to hold a general public meeting at the Jardín Principal, where those disappointed with public safety and the justice system could hand over to Trejo written petitions asking for resolution. Some of these people will also be part of a commission of pursuing justice. Trejo told Atención that he will accept the petitions and personally hand over those related to federal or state departments to the heads of those institutions.
On the matter of security, Trejo said that his administration is trying its best and it is strengthening the public security force. “We bought more patrol cars, which are a tool for decreasing the felonies,” he commented.