Demonstrators defy virus restrictions to attend International Women’s Day rallies

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(The Buenos Aires Times)

Thousands of women marched in Argentina, which has seen a wave of femicide that has claimed on average one life per day so far this year.

Tens of thousands on Monday defied coronavirus restrictions, gathering worldwide on International Women’s Day to denounce gender violence and inequalities.

Women took to the streets in peaceful democracies and in countries gripped by conflict, though in far smaller numbers than last year, when the full force of the Covid-19 pandemic had yet to hit the world.

Thousands marched in Mexico City, bringing with them photos with the names of alleged rapists, murderers and harassers of women.

“Together we are the fire, burn everything,” said one banner in the crowd, some of whom angrily kicked at a wooden fence around the Monument to the Revolution.

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