JAVEA was bathed in violet light along in support of the nationwide Emergencia Feminista protests.
Violet symbolises the women’s movement in Spain, and Calle Calvary, the three windmills, the San Bartolome parish church and the town hall façade were flooded with the colour thanks to a local firm which provided the service free of charge.
Several hundred people, including men and boys, lined the Plaza de la Iglesia as they seconded Feminist Emergency’s calls for protests following a summer when so many women were killed by men.
“Is it normal for a woman to be murdered every two days in July?” it was asked during the demonstration.
“Isn’t it serious that sex crimes increased by 50 per cent in July and August? How can we talk about peace when more than 40 women were killed?”
It was pointed out that a rape is also reported every six yours, despite pioneering legislation in equality and gender violence and a recently-signed State Treaty.
“Women deserve the right to a life, freedom and sexual integrity, the right to honour and privacy, the right to move freely and the right to live in peace,” the protesters heard.