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Argentines mourn crime, protest violence against women

  • Women chant slogans as they participate in a one-hour strike outside their workplace to protest violence against women in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across the country participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Mar de Plata. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Women chant slogans as they participate in a one-hour strike outside their workplace to protest violence against women in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across the country participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Mar de Plata. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Women protest violence against women in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across Latin America participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Argentina. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    Women protest violence against women in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across Latin America participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Argentina. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protester holds a sign that reads in Spanish: "They didn't ask my aggressor how he was dressed," during a demonstration to protest violence against women in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across Latin America participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Argentina. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    A protester holds a sign that reads in Spanish: "They didn't ask my aggressor how he was dressed," during a demonstration to protest violence against women in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across Latin America participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Argentina. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)  (The Associated Press)

Argentines are marching in the capital of Buenos Aires to condemn violence against women in a protest that is being echoed in other Latin American countries.

Wednesday's demonstration comes after the recent rape and killing of a 16-year-old girl.

Lucia Perez was found dead in the coastal city of Mar del Plata earlier this month. Authorities say that she had been drugged, raped and impaled by two men who have been arrested.

The rally is being organized on social media by women's groups under the slogan "Black Wednesday." Demonstrators are dressed in black to mourn the victims. A group of women also staged a brief strike as a sign of protest.

Similar marches against gender-based violence are taking place in Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.