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Mexico: Police officer set on fire at a protest over man ‘beaten to death for having no mask’

During a violent protest in Mexico, an officer was set on fire during a violent protest which started after builder Giovanni Lopez was allegedly beaten to death for not wearing a face mask.

Disturbing footage that is going viral shows a police officer being set on fire by a protester during demonstrations over the death of a builder allegedly beaten to death by police.

The incident took place during the protests in the city of Guadalajara, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco as locals gathered to ask for justice for Giovanni Lopez, 30, who died after his arrest.

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In the video, officers in helmets can be seen facing up to protesters when one of the officers gets onto his motorbike. A protester then runs up behind him and pours flammable liquid onto the officer before setting him alight. The officer goes up in flames along with the seat of his bike and he falls to the ground.

Protesters then rush towards him, but they are kicked away by other officers in riot gear who shield the officer and take him to safety.

The Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro, confirmed that the officer was injured in the protest along with five others in the police force.

The protesters were shouting “Giovanni was killed by the state” as they seek justice in the case of Lopez who died after being arrested by municipal police in Ixtlahuacan de Membrillos, in Jalisco state.

Protesters claim the construction worker died after being beaten by the police last month.

Other two female riot cops are set on fire as they are hit by a petrol bomb in Santiago, Chile. Image Credit AFP

Scientist in Mexico kept warning Black Lives Matter protesters to keep the essential social distance and to constantly wear face masks.

He was arrested for an "administrative offence" with reports saying he was stopped whilst not wearing a face mask in public.

Governor Alfaro claimed that “interests coming from Mexico City, to cause instability” were behind the protests and said that no violent acts were committed against the protesters.

He said: “Guadalajara police and state police met the requirements of the circumstances and knew to resist without falling into provocation”.

One officer in agony as a colleague tried to extinguish the flames. Image Credit Reuters

Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Solis said authorities had arrested three police officers over the death of Lopez.

"We already have the first arrested people, and we have decided to take control of the Ixtlahuacan de Los Membrillos municipal police. And I give you my word, Giovanni's death will not go unpunished," Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro twitted.


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