First Trans March in Ecuador: «Without memory and resistance, there is no struggle or existence»

They demand justice for hate crimes, they ask for inclusion protocols for the education and health system

Juanita Criollo, a trans woman from Quito, died last week in a hate crime. Sandra was physically and sexually tortured in the 1980s and 1990s. She is 70 years old and demands justice from the State. She, along with other survivors, raise their voices in the first Trans March in Ecuador.

In Plaza Foch, in Quito, the mobilization began. «Trans fury» reads one of the posters carried by a protester.

The mobilization is carried out within the framework of the commemoration of the International Day of trans memory. In the manifesto created by the Assembly, those who organized the march demanded that protocols be implemented in favor of their inclusion in education and in the health system.

The survivors of article 516 of the Penal Code, which criminalized homosexuality in Ecuador, arrived at the march.

Sandra recounted the torture she suffered by the national police.

They demand justice from the State and that the crimes and torture that occurred 23 years ago, when homosexuality was decriminalized, did not go unpunished.

The hatred, Sandra said, continues. And they march for trans women who have since passed away.

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