Women rallied in Madrid against femicide

Thousands of protesters gathered in central Madrid on Friday to draw attention to domestic violence in a year when, 42 women have been killed by their partner or ex-partners since the beginning of 2019.

According to officials, 42 women were killed by their partner or ex-partner this year in Spain, and more than 1,000 since 2003 when the femicide registry began.

Protesters carried banners reading "We don't want to carry on counting victims" and chanted "We are not alone" as they brandished umbrellas in the pouring rain.

The latest victim was Adaliz Villagra, 31, assassinated Tuesday by her ex-partner in front of her children.

The government regularly publishes the number of women killed by partners or ex-partners. The number so far this year is 42, according to government statistics, with more than 1,000 killed since records started in 2003.

Earlier in June, massive protests were also staged in reaction to the "Wolf Pack" trial who were eventually found guilty of raping a young woman during the annual bull-running festival in Pamplona in 2016.