MEXICO CITY, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Girls charged police traces and threw Molotov cocktails at officers in Mexico Metropolis on Monday throughout protests demanding the legalization of abortion within the majority Roman Catholic nation.
The protesters, clad within the inexperienced bandanas which have develop into the image of the pro-choice motion in Latin America, gathered in Mexico’s capital to mark Worldwide Protected Abortion Day, which is well known annually on Sept. 28.
Police, a lot of them feminine officers, responded by spraying plumes of tear gasoline on the ladies, a few of whom wielded hammers, and threw bottles and paint.
At the very least one officer was briefly engulfed in flames after being hit by a Molotov cocktail, earlier than colleagues doused the fireplace with an extinguisher, tv photographs confirmed.
Abortion is against the law in Mexico outdoors the capital metropolis and the southern state of Oaxaca, which legalized the medical process final yr. In the remainder of Mexico, abortion is banned besides below sure circumstances, equivalent to rape.
Abortion regulation has been receiving renewed consideration after the dying in the USA of Supreme Courtroom Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneering ladies’s rights advocate, which has forged doubt over the way forward for authorized abortion there.
(Reporting by Carlos Jasso in Mexico Metropolis; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Modifying by Frank Jack Daniel and Matthew Lewis)
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