On Monday, during protests demanding legalisation of abortion in Mexico City, women protesters charged police lines and threw Molotov cocktails (petrol bomb) at the officers. One of the officers was briefly engulfed in flame after being hit by the Molotov cocktail, his colleagues however timely extinguished the flame. The female officers responded by spraying tear gas at the protesters, some of whom were equipped with hammers and were also throwing bottles and paints,  reported Reuters.

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What You Should Know

  • On Monday, during protests demanding legalisation of abortion in Mexico City, women protesters charged police lines and threw Molotov cocktails at the officers.
  • The female officers responded by spraying tear gas at the protesters, some of whom were equipped with hammers and were also throwing bottles and paints.
  • The people who are against the abortion law wore green bandanas as they have become a symbol of the pro-choice movement in Latin America, they gathered in Mexico’s capital to protest.
  • Recently, the death of Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led to renewed attention towards the abortion law.

Abortion is illegal in this predominantly Roman Catholic Country, except for the capital city and the southern state of Oaxaca, which legalised the medical procedure last year. In the rest of Mexico, abortion is banned except under certain circumstances, such as rape. The people who are against this law wore green bandanas as they have become a symbol of the pro-choice movement in Latin America, they gathered in Mexico’s capital to protest and mark the International Safe Abortion Day, which is celebrated each year on September 28.

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Recently, the death of Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led to renewed attention towards the abortion law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneering women’s rights, advocate. After her death the future legalization of abortion seems doubtful, this has encouraged people to protest demanding for its legalisation.

Read more about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg here.

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Arunima Sharma is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

 

 

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