NEWS IN SPAIN: MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTACKING DEMONSTRATORS WITH A KNIFE DURING AN ANTI-GENDER VIOLENCE MANIFESTATION IN GRANADA

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SPANISH POLICE arrested a man yesterday (Monday) evening who caused havoc and alarm in the midst of the demonstration against gender violence that was taking place at that time in Granada, as in many other parts of the Spanish geography.

According to police sources, the incident took place around 19:45, when the man for reasons still unknown, burst into the crowd wielding a knife and facing some of the women who at that time participated in the manifestation.
The rapid intervention of some demonstrators, and later of the National Police made it possible that no injuries of any kind occurred.

National Police sources have stated, as indicated in 20minutos, the individual lived on the street where the incident took place and suffered from mental health problems.
The march, which then continued without further incident, gathered about 6,000 people, according to the Local Police.

Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated this Monday against male violence throughout Spain on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The protests, organised by feminist associations and collectives, have taken place in more than thirty cities, including Madrid, which hosted yesterday evening a large demonstration from the Paseo del Prado to the Puerta del Sol under the slogan “machismo mata” (chauvinism kills). According to the National Police, some 8,000 people attended. In Barcelona, as reported to the Guàrdia Urbana, some 10,000 people protested in the march and in Valencia, there were 20,000 demonstrators.

Alarmingly, we at Euro Weekly News can confirm, the Spanish police reports for 2019 includes 62,797 cases of gender-based, domestic and sexual violence, 10% more than the previous year.

 

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