• Protesters In Europe, Latin America Demand End To Femicide

Women, feminist groups, and relatives of murdered women protest against sexist violence in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: EPA-Yonhap) 

Thousands of protesters hit the streets of Europe and Latin America to demand an end to femicide.

The rallies took place Thursday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Tensions flared in Mexico City when a small number of hammer-wielding protesters tried to grab shields from police officers, who repelled them with smoke bombs.

In Turkey, riot police fired tear gas to break up a demonstration by hundreds of campaigners who were urging the government to rejoin the landmark Istanbul Convention, an international accord to reduce gender-based violence.

So far this year, 345 women have been killed in Turkey, rights groups say.

Across Latin America and the Caribbean, at least 4,091 women were victims of femicide in 2020, according to the regional commission of the United Nations.

U.N. Women has reported that nearly one in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by someone they know.

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