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Murders of Nathalie Maillet and Ann Lawrence: demonstration in Brussels to denounce double feminicide

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The two women were shot and killed in Gouvy by Franz Dubois, who was in the process of divorce with Nathalie Maillet.

EApproximately 150 people, according to the estimate of the Brussels-Ixelles police, gathered on Tuesday evening from 6.30 p.m. on Place de la Monnaie in Brussels in reaction to the double murder of Nathalie Maillet, director of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, and his partner Ann Lawrence Durviaux, lawyer and professor of law at the University of Liège.

The two women were shot dead in Gouvy on the night of Saturday August 14 to Sunday August 15 by Franz Dubois, who was in the process of divorce with Nathalie Maillet. He then turned the gun on him. The Luxembourg public prosecutor’s office confirmed that the three of them ate together at the restaurant in the evening, which may lead to believe that there was premeditation and that they were assassinations.

The feminist and LGBTQIA + collectives (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Queers, Intersexes, Asexuals and others) who organized this gathering want the media to seize more widely on the term feminicide, which qualifies the murder of a woman due to because she is a woman. They call for it to also make its place in legal language.

The demonstrators respected a minute of silence in tribute to the victims. A minute of noise followed to bring the violence against women out of the silence.

“The death of Nathalie Maillet and Ann Lawrence Durviaux brings the number of feminicides in Belgium to 16 for the year 2021”, underlined the Rainbowhouse Brussels association in its press release. “When will we stop justifying and supporting with the reluctance of words? The association decried the frequent use in the past in the media of the name crimes of passion to designate murders in situations of domestic violence which have reached their climax.

“Lesbophobic violence is not yet sufficiently relayed, a consequence of the invisibility suffered by a large part of the LGBTQIA + community”, further lamented Rainbowhouse Brussels.

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