Mexican Human Rights Commission to investigate attacks against emos

Mexico makes peace with EmosMexico’s National Human Rights Commission is to investigate all of the reported cases of aggression against the emo youth subculture in Mexico, following a spate of violence and hostility across the country directed at the group.

According to El Universal, the Commission called for tolerance yesterday and voiced concern that attacks against emos violate the right to freedom of expression, equality, freedom of expression and the right to association.

The move by the human rights body follow disturbances which have taken place both inside and outside Mexico City, in which emos have been violently targeted. A peace rally staged last week did little to diffuse tensions, which this weekend were apparent during a march for tolerance through the city.

Video: Making peace with los emos in Mexico City

emo1.jpgMexicoReporter.com headed down to Insurgentes yesterday with the Los Angeles Times to cover a kind of peace rally organised by the leftist city government following the friction between emos and other youth groups, reported earlier this week.

The result was this blog post by correspondent Ken Ellingwood and myself featuring a video interview with 18-year-old Andrea Velazquez.

‘Emos’ under attack in Mexico, City Gov tries to peacemake

Mar�a Meléndrez Parada, la JornadaThe Mexico City Government called a meeting today for the coming Tuesday between the city’s ‘urban tribes’ to try to put an end to the increasing violence and animosity against emos that is currently sweeping Mexico – see Daniel Hernandez’s blog here for an excellent synopisis of the current situation.

Since the first attack against the group of youths who identify themselves as ’emos’ happened in Queretero at the beginning of the month, animosity has been growing amongst those who resent the ’emo’ look and attitude. Continue reading

Punks Collect Downtown at El Chopo

El Tianguis Cultural del ChopoEl Chopo is a weekly fleamarket that has been going for 27 years in Mexico City. Punters can pick up anything from original Doc Marten boots to a copy of ‘London Calling’ by the Clash in the stalls that line the market streets. Click on the photo for more pictures.