Society 23/05/2021

Six sexist murders in one week in Spain

A crime in Zaragoza closes a tragic week in which five women and a minor have died

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BarcelonaA crime in Zaragoza closes a tragic week in the state in terms of male violence. Since Monday and until this Sunday six people have been killed, five women and a minor, in Spain. The situation is so alarming that the Ministry of Equality has called an emergency meeting of the members of the pact of state against male violence because some prevention actions "are failing", as admitted by the same minister, Irene Montero. There are already 14 women killed by their partners or ex-partners since the beginning of the year and 1,092 since 2003, which is when these crimes are officially counted in the Spanish state.

The latest victim is a 35-year-old woman who had repeatedly denounced her partner for mistreatment. The man, who had a restraining order that he often skipped, has killed her early this morning. A neighbour has called the police alerting that a woman was calling for help and when the alleged aggressor has seen that the police arrived at the building, he has attempted suicide by jumping from a fifth floor. The man, who is 31 years old and has a number of previous convictions for various crimes, has been injured and is now being held in hospital.

In fact, the first woman killed this week, aged 28, had also reported her attacker. Her husband, with whom she was in divorce proceedings, killed her - she was pregnant -, and also her 7 year old son. The events took place in Sa Pobla (Mallorca).

That same Monday night the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a flat in Creixell, and the next day a similar discovery was made in a house in Corbera de Llobregat. The main hypothesis is that the two assailants followed the same pattern in committing the crimes: they killed their partner and then committed suicide. Neither of the two cases had a history of male violence.

Nor the 48-year-old woman killed on Thursday in Pola de Laviana (Asturias) had denounced her husband. The couple, who had children, had recently separated. He fired several shots, despite the fact that he had no weapons permit. She was the fifth woman killed this week.

Saturday the lifeless body of a 34-year-old woman missing in Montejos del Ando (León), who had denounced her ex-partner for a recent case of male violence, was also found. However, according to the results of the autopsy, a violent death has been ruled out and everything points to suicide.

Calvo links it to the speeches of Vox

Why has there been this explosion of cases in one week? According to the vice-president of the Spanish government, Carmen Calvo, the rise in murders is linked to the "disturbing" messages of Vox, which denies male violence and hinders the social fight against this scourge, because it casts more doubts on the women who have to ask for help and who need to be supported.

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