Source: Los Ángeles Press
Author: Guadalupe Lizárraga
February 24, 2017 (Original publication in Spanish on February 15, 2017)
Translation: Jorge B
Interview with María Guadalupe Vicencio Sánchez, “Mary Sainz,” the Tamaulipas activist who rebuked Isabel Miranda Torres on February 12 during the march in support of Enrique Peña Nieto.
“Give me a break! Don’t you know who Ms. Wallace is?”
“Yes, she tortures people to keep on the farce about her son!”
“Do you know about the power Ms. Wallace has? You’d better leave.”
Isabel Miranda Torres’s bodyguard, touched the activist’s arm and leaned over to repeat in a whisper: “You’d better leave!”
However, Mary Sainz did not leave. On the contrary, she increased her interruptions in front of the cameras that were focusing on Miranda Torres to record her statements as one of the organizers of the Sunday, February 12 march in support of Peña Nieto, against the humiliations by US President Donald Trump.
“Rat! Killer! Phony!” Sainz joined the screams from the crowd to Wallace. At that time, while Miranda was trying to say a few words to the cameras, Laura Zapata, her companion, approached Sainz and punched her on the shoulder to keep her quiet.
“Why are you attacking me?” the activist reacted. “I’m not assaulting you, I am screaming my slogans because this is a farce.”
At that moment, the activist realized that it was Laura Zapata, the sister of Talía, the singer.
“Oh, you are Talía’s sister, Laura Zapata. How disappointing! Now I understand, you are part of these set-ups. I had admiration for you and consideration for your kidnapping but seeing you with this torturer, with this phony, with this liar, who comes here to try to fool the people, now I realize that you are part of the set-ups. And you, together with Televisa and TV Azteca, are also a farce.”
She was in a group of some fifty people that were lagging behind in the march, and she—together with four other organizers of the Wallace boycott—managed to follow her closely. She was dressed in a tunic emblazoned with slogans of justice for Ayotzinapa, Nochixtlán, the fake Wallace case, among others, and was able to cross the first and the second fence where there was a score of public figures guarded by grenadiers, who stopped her violently when she wanted to take a picture and caused her to faint. “It was the lack of sufficient air, of adrenaline and of not having eaten anything,” she said.
Mary Sainz has been a political activist for years, even in her native State of Tamaulipas. She helps human rights organizations and puts on performances against corruption and the plundering of Mexicans, both in Mexico City and in her native state. Through her social network activities, she spreads her support of Brenda Quevedo Cruz, one of the victims of the fake Wallace case, who was tortured in two occasions by orders of Miranda, according to what the torturers themselves said at the time of the aggression, among these, the PGR’s state agent, Oswaldo Jiménez Juárez, who was identified before a judge by Quevedo Cruz and by Jacobo Tagle Dobin, another of the victims.
The activist explained to Los Ángeles Press that she has followed the latest information on the falsehood of the case dissiminated at the international level, which stands in contrast with the censorship and media manipulation in Mexico. She even said that she had been one of the people who believed in Miranda’s lies, “at the beginning of her farce, when Televisa would show her crying.” But little by little, she began learning the truth through information from the media and the international NGO’s. At the national level, she mentioned the Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights), directed by Adrián Ramírez.
The activist said that they are “ordinary citizens” who are already tired of the corruption and the injustice against the people. “No one sent us, we are not members of any party. We just want to see an end to the impunity of Wallace and of many other cases. We didn’t let her walk behind the cameras so that the interviews would not come out clean, as they tend to manipulate the truth.”
From Tamaulipas, Mary Sainz travels to Mexico City to support the marches and demonstrations of the 26th of every month in solidarity with the relatives and friends of the 43 students missing from Ayotzinapa since September 2014 and who are still seeking justice. But when she heard about Isabel Miranda Torres’ call for a march, her outrage grew, and she became intent on boycotting her march of February 12.
“Here is the man that Ms. Wallace says I am,” emphasized the activist in response to statements by Miranda to the media justifying that she had abandoned the march because an armed man dressed as a woman was harassing her. “I am not an armed man dressed as a woman. Wallace left because we were telling her how we felt about her. We succeeded, and we were a few people. If five people could boycott the Wallace march, imagine what we all, as organized people, can do.”