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Teenager's rape, murder spark Argentina outrage

Oct 20, 2016, 3:16 AM EDT
Violence against women sparked massive street protests in Argentina in June last year.
(Source: Beatrice Murch/flickr)

Thousands of Argentines took to streets, pulling out of work for an hour, over brutal rape and murder of Lucia Perez, a 16-year-old girl, who was drugged and then sexually assaulted in the city of Mar del Plata. The women-only strike, which saw many clad in all black and carrying banners that read “If you touch one of us, we all react,” also displayed anti-establishment rage, accusing President Mauricio Macri of failing to tackle sexual crimes.

Perez, who was abducted on October 8, was repeatedly gang-raped and penetrated with a wooden pole, which eventually drove her into cardiac arrest, notes The Washington Post. Lead prosecutor María Isabel Sánchez described the horrific assault as a “litany of abhorrent acts,” which she never encountered in her entire career.

Rampant violence against women sparked massive street protests in Argentina in June last year, with repeated marches and rallies being held in the country under the campaign "ni una menos" - Spanish for "not one woman less,” writes the BBC. There is tremendous frustration against the Argentina’s “cultural values” that allow “macho practices” to thrive in the country, and the demonstrators are calling for a cultural change. 

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