Massive Demo Against Sexist Violence In Madrid
This is very moving to see in both its size and the breath of support behind it.
Tens of thousands of people have marched in the Spanish capital Madrid to condemn violence against women.
The rally, organised by feminist groups, was attended by representatives of all the main political parties.
Activists dressed in black laid on the ground to remember hundreds of women murdered over the years in what they described as “macho terrorism”.
They said laws against domestic abuse should be extended to include all violence against women.
One estimate put the number of those who took part in Saturday’s march at more than 20,000, the BBC’s Tom Burridge in Madrid reports.
Trade unions and non-governmental organisations from across Spain also joined the event. Some participants reportedly flew in from the Balearic and Canary islands.
“I think it’s important that people like me demonstrate today, because I’m an example of a woman who’s been able to get out of domestic violence,” participant Olga Aranza was quoted as saying by the Associated Press television.
“And that means that all abused women can also get out violence and that they deserve a better life. You really can get out,” she added.