EFEBy Eduard Ribas i Admetlla Mexico City

Clashes took place in Mexico City on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women as thousands marched to condemn gender violence, which kills at least 10 women a day in the country.

"In Mexico, ten women continue to disappear every day, and every minute and we find them raped or murdered," María del Carmen Volante, whose daughter Pamela disappeared four years ago after attending a concert on the outskirts of the capital, told Efe.

The mother criticized that the authorities’ lack the resources and a gender perspective to deal with cases of violence against women.

The large march in the capital, one of the many across Mexico, started at the Monument to the Revolution bound for the central Zócalo square, crossing the emblematic Paseo de la Reforma.

"The police don't take care of me – my friends take care of me" and "Down with the patriarchy that is going to fall" were some of the slogans that the protesters chanted.

The monuments and some shops along the route were armored with metal fences and surrounded by policewomen to avoid being damaged, but they did not prevent some hooded protesters from breaking windows and bus stops.

In Zócalo square there were clashes with police who surrounded the National Palace, seat of the government and residence of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.