Teen Rape And Death Spark Mass Protest In Argentina 

Lucia Perez, 16, was drugged, tortured and repeatedly raped before dying of cardiac arrest in the coastal city of Mar del Plata in Argentina.

Two men known for selling drugs outside a school were detained on Sunday over the attack earlier this month. Both are charged with rape and homicide. A group known as Not One Less organised the protests, which saw female workers in Buenos Aires stop work for an hour on Wednesday and take to the streets dressed in black to highlight violent crimes committed against women.

Protesters marched through the city, some of them holding pictures of victims. One carried a sign saying: "I march because I was luckier." Another read: "I want to live without fear." 

Demonstrator Victoria Vazquez said: "I want to go out on a quiet street. I want to do the same things that men do. "I want to go out at three in the morning and not have anything happen to me. I want to wear a skirt in the summer and no one say anything to me, no one bother me. "I don't want to feel fear each time I see a group of five guys that are waiting on a corner to say something to me."

Another protester said: "The clock is ticking and there is scarcely 30 hours until another body appears. So we all have to be here - men, women, boys, girls, teenagers." 

The Permanent Assembly for Human Rights estimates that a woman is killed every 30 hours in Argentina. Thousands of protesters also took to the streets in Chile, Bolivia, Mexico and Spain in support of the demonstration in Argentina.

In Bolivia, protester Alejandra Canelas said: "The women of Argentina have called a nationwide women's protest. "Here in Bolivia, we are tired that women are the ones that are killed and raped daily, and we have also decided to come together in a national women's strike, called by the women of Argentina, so that little by little, people from other countries will also join this mobilisation."

Source: Sky News

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