Demonstrators throwing paint at the door of the National Palace during a protest against gender-based violence in Mexico City, Mexico [Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters]

Dozens of activists flocked to Mexico’s presidential palace on Friday to protest against violence against women, chanting “not one murder more” and splashing one of its large, ornate doors with blood-red paint and the words “femicide state”.

The heated Valentine’s Day demonstration, led by women, stemmed from outrage in recent days over the killing of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla in Mexico City and the publication of graphic photos of her mutilated corpse in newspapers.

One protester spray painted “INGRID” in tall pink letters on another palace door in tribute. Many participants noted that her death was only the latest example in

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