Athens: Women Protesting Rising Femicide Victims Beaten by… Police

Women’s organizations and feminist groups marched in central Athens against femicide and gender-based violence after three women were killed by their husbands or partners in Crete, Zakynthos and Athens in just 36 hours. But in the end… they were beaten by the police.

56-year-old George was stabbed to death her husband in Rethymnon, Crete on Sunday morning, as did Eleonora, 41, in Zakynthos. 17-year-old Nicoletta found strangled in the bed of the house where she lived, and the main suspect, her boyfriend from Pakistan, disappeared.

Under the main slogan “the patriarchy rapes and kills in the street, at work”, the protesters moved from Klaftmonos Square to the parliament, where they were not allowed to approach by numerous IAT forces.

As a result, when faced with police, women protesting against violence received another “portion” of violence.

Femicide in Greece

Femicide has become a social problem in the country, and in the first seven months of 2022, 15 women were killed by their current or former husbands or partners, or even by their sons and grandchildren. In total, 22 women were killed in 2021.

While as husbands of George and Eleanor arrested and confessed to the crime, the prime suspect in Nicoletta’s death is still at large. According to recent media reports, the killer’s DNA was found under the victim’s nails.

Femicide legislation

Killing women should be legislated and classified as separate criminal article, Secretary of the Central Committee of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Rania Svigu said on Tuesday. In her post, she states:

“Two murders of women in 24 hours. Femicide should be legalized as a separate criminal offense, a support system for victims of gender-based violence should be created, including shelters, psychological and legal assistance. First of all, to change consciousness. We are already too late to do it.”

“Political will and social mobilization are needed so that we do not mourn other victims. Timely and substantial protection of the woman victim of an abusive environment in appropriate protection structures is needed” – Andreas Spyropoulos, secretary of ΚΠΕ ΠΑΣΟΚ-Κινήματος Αλλαγής, against femicide.

PS I am categorically against violence, but do not feminists contradict themselves by turning the struggle for equality into a desire to legislate special rights? After all, if the murder of a woman is a special article, then a woman is no longer an ordinary person? This legal incident, at first glance, may lead to unpredictable consequences in the future. The BLM movement is an example…

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