In Spain, thousands of people demonstrate against violence against women

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These demonstrations, which took place in dozens of cities, come after the media coverage of rape cases and an increase in the number of women killed by their partners.

The World with AFP Posted on 21 September 2019 at 00h05

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Protesters gathered in Madrid's Puerta del Sol Square, Friday, September 20th. Many carried candles, torches or mobile phones to commemorate the memory of the victims.
Protesters gathered in Madrid's Puerta del Sol Square, Friday, September 20th. Many carried candles, torches or mobile phones to commemorate the memory of the victims. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

"They kill us", "There is no justification", "Women's lives matter" These are some of the slogans brandished during the demonstrations that took place on Friday, September 20, in Madrid and in dozens of other cities in Spain. These rallies aim to denounce violence against women and call for more measures to combat this scourge.

Braving the rain and thunderstorm, thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square on the initiative of women's rights groups. Similar rallies were held in cities such as San Sebastian in the north, or Seville in the south-west or the Canary Islands.

These protests come after several rape cases that caused a stir and an increase in the number of women killed by their partners or ex-partners. "This summer has been barbaric, with figures on violence (against women) terrifying for a state that benefits from pioneering laws in this area "Covadonga Peremarch, spokesperson for the organizers of the events, Feminist Emergency, told Cadena Ser Radio.

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A law adopted in 2004

The Spanish Parliament unanimously adopted in 2004 the first law in Europe against violence against women, providing for free legal assistance and special courts for victims. At the end of 2017, MEPs unanimously adopted other measures aimed at strengthening the initial law.

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In spite of these legislative provisions, 1,017 women have been killed in Spain by their partners or ex-partners since the beginning of the official census of these murders, in 2003. Since the beginning of the year, forty-two women have been killed in the country during domestic violence, including nineteen during the summer, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior.

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