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Women are being killed in Mexico at record rates, but the president says most emergency calls are 'false'

June 5, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Women are being murdered in Mexico at an alarming rate, but the nation's president has downplayed a surge in calls to emergency hotlines, declaring most of them are false.

(CNN)Women are being murdered in Mexico at an alarming rate, but the nation's president has downplayed a surge in calls to emergency hotlines, declaring most of them are false.

Since stay-at-home measures were ordered March 23 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, there has been an increase in homicides where women are the victims, according to government data released last week.

April was the deadliest month in the last five years with a record 267 murders of women.

"I'm going to give you another fact, which doesn't mean that violence against women doesn't exist, because I don't want you all to misinterpret me," the leftist leader said mid-May during his daily morning presser.

"Ninety percent of those calls that serve as your base are false, it's proven," he told a journalist when asked about his government's own data on emergency calls about violence against women.

A record 26,171 emergency calls about violence against women were made in March according to the government data.

The following month, when the "quédate en casa," or stay-at-home regulation was in full effect, there were 21,722 calls, the same government report states.

López Obrador's explanation for the calls has been disputed by a leading advocate for women.

Overall, 987 women and girls were murdered in the first four months of 2020, according to government data.

In early March, tens of thousands of women took to the streets demanding justice for the many victims during a mass protest marking International Women's Day. More recently, the government launched a much-ridiculed series of public service videos about how to prevent domestic violence during the stay-at-home order.

Some on social media associated the counting to ten to the number of murders of women that can happen in a single day while others posted ten names of women who have been brutally murdered this year.

"We need mechanisms, budgets, proper help for abused women rather than an ad suggesting the victim count to ten and wave a white flag. "

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