Theatre as justice: the fight for accountability in the streets of Mexico

Neither inside nor outside the law, street trials and popular justice have emerged as sites of social resistance to make visible the utter absence of an independent judiciary.

From openSecurity's new series, States of Impunity.

        
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Theatre as justice: the fight for accountability in the streets of Mexico

Neither inside nor outside the law, street trials and popular justice have emerged as sites of social resistance to make visible the utter absence of an independent judiciary.

From openSecurity's new series, States of Impunity.

        
Text-to-speech function is limited to 100 characters

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Theatre as justice: the fight for accountability in the streets of Mexico

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