They report the disappearance of Cecilia Mingüer, former director of MACO

By Diana Manzo

Oaxaca, Oax.- On December 25 and in the middle of Christmas, Cecilia Mingüer Vargas, former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca (MACO) no longer came home. She was last seen at the May Day Infonavit in the Oaxacan capital, according to the Search Form issued this Tuesday by the Oaxaca State Attorney General’s Office (FGEO).

45-year-old Mingüer Vargas champions the fight of at least 12 workers of that Oaxacan cultural precinct, who from April 2020, they have not received their salaries, they have also denounced threats and harassment.

The labor rights defender was wearing a typical blouse, blue jeans and black shoes when she was last seen.

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Through their social networks, MACO workers issued a message informing of the disappearance of Cecilia Mingüer.

“To the entire community, unfortunately today we ask for your help in locating our friend and comrade in struggle and resistance, Cecilia Mingüer was seen for the last time on December 25,” they indicated.

Liz Arroyo, a friend of Cecilia, said through her Facebook account that on several occasions she has been harassed, intimidated and threatened by various officials of the Oaxaca government.

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It is worth mentioning that on December 25 in the afternoon, MACO employees held a protest to demand compliance with the payment of wages and stressed that they are experiencing workplace violence and despite the hearings they have participated, there are no agreements, due to that the Friends of the Museum Association headed by Rubén Leyva tried to ignore them.

According to the collective Consorcio Oaxaca, so far in 2021, disappearances against women increased by 44%, regardless of the fact that since 2018 there has been an Alert for Gender Violence in 40 municipalities of the entity including Oaxaca de Juárez, where Cecilia Mingüer disappeared.

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