Uprising against Femicide at a Rojas Police Station, Argentina

Published February 11, 2021

Uprising at a Police Station in Rojas, Argentina

On February 9th, following the horrific femicide of eighteen-year-old Úrsula Bahillo, the people of Rojas, Argentina stormed their local police station. The crowd broke windows and tore off metal blinds to use in an effort to break into the station. When the State employed tear gas to suppress the rebellion, the people responded by throwing stones and bricks. A patrol car was set on fire.

Four days earlier, in Rojas, Officer Matías Ezequiel Martínez brutally murdered Úrsula Bahillo by stabbing her at least thirty times. The episode took place in the rural area of ​​Rojas known as Guido Spano. Between March 20th and Dec. 31st, 2020, a total of 219 women were killed in Argentina, according to the Observatory of Femicides in Argentina. Over the course of the past ten years, there has been approximately one femicide in Argentina every thirty hours.

Úrsula is known to have made at least eighteen separate complaints about the officer, who was her ex, prior to her murder.