Some fashionistas pride themselves on having an outfit for every occasion. Julia Klug, a Mexican activist and veteran protester, prides herself on having an outfit for every demonstration.
Whether dressed up as a pig, priest, president or the pope, Klug has been a staple of Mexico City protests for more than two decades, bringing a splash of color to her chosen causes with her collection of hundreds of disguises.
Klug, 65, does not shy from wearing her costumes to even the most serious of protests.
Earlier this month, she donned a Donald Trump mask and a US flag suit for a protest outside the US embassy — where she pretended to mow down fellow demonstrators with a toy rifle, in protest at the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed 22 people, including eight Mexicans.
“I use my own body to create every kind of image you can imagine, in order to get people’s attention,” she said.
Klug considers herself “a citizen committed to justice,” she said during a tour of what she calls her “museum”: the large room where she keeps her massive collection of costumes.
Klug has no shortage of props to enhance her performances, from fake blood to plastic excrement to a giant magnifying glass she recently made to protest allegations the Mexican government spied on journalists and human-rights activists.
She says her roots as an activist go back to her own traumatic experience as a child in Guatemala, where she was born.
Her mother died giving birth to her, and her father gave her to another family to raise. As a child, she was raped by her neighborhood priest — only to be beaten by her adoptive family when she told them what had happened.
She moved to Mexico as a young woman, and attended her first protest in 1997: a demonstration against Mexican priest Marcial Maciel, founder of the ultraconservative Legion of Christ congregation, who was accused of sexually abusing minors and was forced to resign in 2006.
Immediately, the gray-haired, green-eyed widow — who, despite her fierce fighting spirit, speaks in a sweet, gentle lilt — caught the protest bug. She has attended hundreds of protests since.
The ones closest to her heart are marches against abuses by the Catholic clergy, and she has no shortage of disguises for them: priest outfits, various sets of pope garb and a “slutty nun” costume to protest pedophile priests.
She said she has been attacked and received death threats for her activism.
She even suspects foul play may have been involved when her son, a Mexican air force pilot, was killed when his plane crashed in 2010.
Instead of giving up her activism, she uses the pension she receives from the air force to buy more materials for her costumes, which she mostly makes by hand.
“As long as corrupt politicians and pedophiles continue doing that crap, I’ll keep marching,” she said.
POINT-BLANK RANGE: Reporters and camera people from several outlets say police officers in Minneapolis had fired tear gas and rubber bullets directly at them Multiple journalists on the ground in Minnesota said they were teargassed and subject to other attacks by police on Saturday evening, a day after the widely condemned arrest of a CNN reporter live on air. Los Angeles Times journalist Molly Hennessy-Fiske, who was reporting outside the Fifth Precinct in Minneapolis, said she was with a group of about a dozen journalists when the Minnesota State Patrol “fired tear gas canisters on us at point blank range.” “I was saying: ‘Where do we go?’ They did not tell us where to go. They didn’t direct us. They just fired on us,” she said
For nearly a decade, the UN Security Council has been frequently paralyzed by Russia’s obstinacy over the Syrian crisis. Today, however, it is the US-China rivalry that has infected a growing array of issues, according to officials and diplomats. As recently as 2017, an understanding between Washington and Beijing allowed the UN on three occasions — involving separate sets of economic sanctions — to project international unity in the face of the North Korean nuclear threat. Three years later, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a ferocious competition erupt between the UN’s two main contributors, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on May
INDIA Pride to be preserved The nation would not let its “pride be hurt” in its latest border flare-ups with China, but is determined to settle the dispute through talks, Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh said in a television interview late on Saturday. “Situations arise with China. It has happened before,” Singh said, adding that the government was striving to make sure “tension does not escalate.” The government has turned down US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate, he said. IRAN Speaker says talks futile Newly elected Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf yesterday said that any negotiations with the US would be “futile.” The nation’s
PANDEMIC BIGOTRY? The convener of a community group said that COVID-19 did not cause racism in Australia, but the incidents were a symptom of a bigger issue Anti-Discrimination New South Wales (NSW) has recorded a surge in anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state anti-discrimination body said that it received 241 official complaints from Jan. 1 to April 30. Of those, 62 were on the grounds of race — an average of four complaints a week — including reports of people being abused or spat at in public, harassed for wearing a mask and car windows being smashed. Those statistics do not include more serious complaints referred to the NSW police, rather than Anti-Discrimination NSW. Anti-Discrimination NSW president Annabelle Bennett said that the agency had experienced an “increase in