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Abortion Rights Activists Clash with Police in Mexico


Abortion-rights demonstrators march during the "Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean," in Mexico City, Sept. 28, 2020.
Abortion-rights demonstrators march during the "Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean," in Mexico City, Sept. 28, 2020.

Women demanding that Mexico legalize abortion nationwide clashed with police in the capital, Mexico City, on Monday.

Police fired tear gas at groups of protesters, some of whom reportedly threw projectiles, including bottles.

The government said nearly a dozen police were injured in the melee. Protesters said they were victims of police brutality.

Riot police get covered in red paint by abortion-rights demonstrators during the "Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean" march in Mexico City, Sept. 28, 2020.
Riot police get covered in red paint by abortion-rights demonstrators during the "Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean" march in Mexico City, Sept. 28, 2020.

The demonstration in the mostly Catholic country came on International Safe Abortion Day.

Abortion is only legal in Mexico City and the southern state of Oaxaca during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Abortion is only allowed in the rest of the country under limited circumstances, such as if a woman has been raped.

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