The photo, taken by Pablo Piovano, is from October 2003. Juana carries the image of her grandson, Ezequiel Demonty. She demands justice. A little over a year had passed since the pain, the indignation, the impotence, the injustice crossed the path of her family, never to abandon her. Little less than a year remained before the trial of the nine federal accused of throwing him into the Riachuelo began, of which three were sentenced to life and the others received between 3 and 5 years. The body of Ezequiel, 19 years old, was found floating, very close to the former Alsina Bridge, at the southern end of the City of Buenos Aires, and which today bears his name.
20 years have passed since that night. Dolly, her mother, is shaken by her murdered son and will continue to do so. By dint of transforming pain into scars, Dolly launched a group, Madres en Lucha, which tries by all means to fight against police violence. “You think your kid is the last but it keeps happening. They keep killing kids,” Dolly said during an interview conducted by the university agency ANCCOM. He says it knowingly. During these 20 years, police forces across the country have killed, tortured, detained without cause, thousands of adolescents from vulnerable neighborhoods.
Tomorrow, at 2:00 p.m., like every year, Dolly, her family, her friends, other mothers who are going through that painful, unspeakable emptiness, will be accompanied to Agustín de Vedia and 27 de Febrero, on the banks of the river with murky waters where 20 years old, Ezequiel, was thrown, battered by blows. The edge of the Riachuelo, attached to the base of the former Alsina Bridge, next to Sáenz Avenue and at the end of Pompeya, a few blocks from where Ezequiel lived. There they will throw red flowers on the black surface, shouting “Never Again!”.