LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal has declared a day of mourning for victims of domestic violence after data showed attackers had murdered 11 women so far this year – the highest number in a decade.
The cabinet set the day for March 7, one day before International Women’s Day, and said government buildings would fly flags at half mast.
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Hundreds of activists have taken to the streets in recent weeks calling for more government action and protesting against a number of what they call lenient judgments against attackers.
The government said it was prompted by the mounting tally of deaths, recorded by police.
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The number was more than double the same period in 2018, according to the Observatory of Murdered Women, a Portuguese campaign group. In 2017, 12 murders were recorded through the whole year, it added.
“This day is a day when we must not only honor the victims but also renew our purpose to continue this fight and how we can all respond to it,” said Mariana...
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