Original story: 10/19/16
Women walked out of work and wore black to protest the murder of 16 year old Lucia Perez. She was raped and killed in Argentina on October 8th. It is believed Lucia spoke with her killers on Facebook before meeting with them outsider her school in Mar del Plata. She was plied with cocaine and cannabis before her attackers launched a horrific sex attack that caused her death. Two men left her outside a drug rehabilitation hospital, washed and dressed. The staff and medics treated her for what they thought was a drug overdose. On closer examination, they discovered that she had been impaled.
The protest, Miercoles Negro or Black Wednesday, was launched after her family were threatened for demanding justice. The organizers of the march wrote: ‘In your office, school, hospital, law court, newsroom, shop, factory, or wherever you are working, stop for an hour to demand “no more machista violence”‘.
The concept of Miercoles Negro was born in 1992 and thousands of women have taken to the streets in protest each year since.
Police traced the van used to drop off Lucia at the hospital and found the three suspects believed to be associated with the crime, Matias Faroias (23), Juan Offidani (41) and Alejandro Maciel. Lucia’s family received death threats at their home after demanding justice. Source: Daily Mail: Women stop work across Argentina in protest following horrific rape and murder of 16-year-old girl that has shocked the country
Update: 10/22/16: History
The murder of Lucia Perez sparked the revival of a movement called NiUnaMenos (NotOneLess) which was launched in 2014 in an effort to combat gender motivated murder. In 2014, 14 year old Chiara Paez was killed by her 16 year old boyfriend. Her boyfriend confessed to the crime; however, the case against his parents remains. Protesters’ plan is a package of 69 measures and 137 actions with the coordination of 50 organizations to carry them out. Some of the goals are gender focused teaching in schools, rehabilitation programs for men who commit violence against women, and microcredit to provide women greater financial autonomy. Source: The Daily Beast: In Argentina, women are fighting back against gender violence