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'We're outraged': Protesters condemn the acid attack on two young women

The meeting condemned the acid attack on two women in Cártama, who remain in a serious condition.
The meeting condemned the acid attack on two women in Cártama, who remain in a serious condition. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Neighbours, relatives and friends of one of the victims held a mass meeting in Casabermeja to protest gender violence and Tuesday's shocking attack in Cártama

"Be strong, Sandra and Cristina." Five words on a banner reflect the feelings of two towns and an entire province that still do not understand what has happened.

Casabermeja took to the streets this Thursday to condemn the acid attack on two young women in Cártama on Tuesday, who both remain in serious condition in hospital.

In the Plaza de la Fuente de Abajo, dozens of neighbours gathered in silence, with clenched fists, to listen to the relatives and friends of the two victims and show their support for them.

Antonia Frías, the councillor for Equality in the town – and a family member of Sandra - read a short statement to the applause of the crowd.

On behalf of her group of friends, a cousin of the one of the injured women also spoke, saying that violence is a "symptom of weakness".

"Our Sandra is a very strong person who spreads joy. Your friends tell you that we are with you, we support you and we love you."

His voice cracked slightly when defining how Casabermeja feels: "We are outraged. The action is of someone who does not know how to live, respect or love."

A spokesperson for friends of the young woman addressed the meeting sending the victim a message of support, "Sandra, you have the love of the people around you," while also sending their thoughts to Cristina, someone "fundamental" in her life.

The town's mayor, José María García, said, "It was a delusional episode, an absolute outrage."

A neighbour of Sandra, who prefers to remain anonymous, spoke to SUR after the final applause.

"Who can do something like this? She is a very good person. The whole town is very angry."