Issued on: 29/09/2020 – 05:49
Women charged police lines and threw Molotov cocktails at officers in Mexico City on Monday during protests demanding the legalization of abortion in the majority Roman Catholic country.
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The protesters, clad in the green bandanas that have become the symbol of the pro-choice movement in Latin America, gathered in Mexicos capital to mark International Safe Abortion Day, which is celebrated each year on Sept. 28.
Police, many of them female officers, responded by spraying plumes of tear gas at the women, some of whom wielded hammers, and threw bottles and paint.
At least one officer was briefly engulfed in flames after being hit by a Molotov cocktail, before colleagues doused the fire with an extinguisher, television images showed.