Who was Victoria Esperanza Salazar Arriaza?
Victoria Salazar was a woman originally from El Salvador who had been living in Mexico on a humanitarian visa for several years. She was reportedly killed after she died while being restrained in the resort town of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, as alleged police officers have been charged.
Mexico: Tulum police accused of ‘murder’ over death of woman knelt on by officers. Victoria Salazar was granted refugee status in Mexico in 2018 after fleeing gender based violence in El Salvador. https://t.co/A9OTLgK5Lz
— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) March 30, 2021
The single mother is survived by her two daughters.
Victoria Salazar Biography
5 years ago, Salazar left Sonsonate, which is about an hour west of San Salvador, for better opportunities. Her mother Rosibel Emerita Arriaza also said she left to escape the area’s street violence. President Bukele has said that the government would support Salazar’s two daughters.
On Monday, according to reports, Arriaza was working with Salvadoran authorities on getting her daughter’s body repatriated. She also planned to travel to Mexico to be reunited with her granddaughters. “I want justice for my daughter, because it isn’t fair what they did to her,” Arriaza said.
“She was a woman who wasn’t armed, just for being a woman and I don’t know what happened.”
How old was Victoria Salazar?
Victoria Salazar was 36 years old at the time of death, March 27, 2020.
Victoria Salazar Tulum
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele spoke out against the “criminal” responsible for her death. “She was brutally murdered by Tulum police officers in Quintana Roo, Mexico. I see thousands of outraged Mexicans, demanding justice for our compatriot,” Bukele said, referring to protests in the wake of her death.
“They are as outraged as we are. Let us not forget that it was not the Mexican people who committed this crime, but rather some criminal in the Tulum police.”
The attorney general’s office in the coastal state of Quintana Roo has, according to the latest reports, revealed that the three male and one female cop have been charged with femicide in the death of Salvadoran national Victoria Esperanza, Saturday night, March 27.
Murder of Victoria Salazar
Following the incident, many people shared the footage on social media. The video showed a female officer arresting Salazar. She appears to be kneeling on the woman’s back. Salazar can be heard crying out in pain but it seems to be in vain as the police officer doesn’t move her leg.
Three other police officers could be seen in the video — two resting on a police car and another pacing nearby. The three other police officers in the video don’t do anything to ameliorate the situation. The videos also showed Salazar unresponsive and handcuffed as several officers lifted her into a patrol car.
Why They Arrested Victoria Salazar?
According to reports, it’s unclear what led to her arrest.
“There will be no impunity for those who participated in the death of the victim, and all the force of the law will be brought,” prosecutors said in a statement.
Óscar Montes de Oca Rosales, the attorney general of Quintana Roo state, said on Monday that four municipal police officers were charged with femicide after an autopsy concluded that Salazar’s neck was broken.
“The police restraint technique was applied with a disproportionate and excessive force,” the attorney general said.
Victoria Salazar Death
The scenes leading up to Salazar’s death have drawn comparisons with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a police officer pressed his knee against his neck. Many on social media have come forward to point it out.
As protests sweep Mexico over the killing of Salvadoran woman Victoria Salazar by Mexican police, journalist @robvato says we are seeing “the ongoing epidemic of U.S. policy” that fuels instability, migration and militarized policing across the Americas. pic.twitter.com/8dSVWHeYlb
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) March 30, 2021
Victoria Salazar Footage
“Let’s never forget that the US trains police throughout Latin America with the same tactics used by the MN police on George Floyd and apparently the same disregard. #justiceforVictoria,” one said.
*Content Warning* Police brutality in #Mexico.
A woman was murdered by cops in #Tulum on Saturday, after one of them knelt on her neck for several minutes, while she pleaded to let her breathe, like George Floyd did.#BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe pic.twitter.com/2LuYAVZa1r
— th1an1 (@th1an1) March 28, 2021