While pro-lifers celebrated, abortion activists in Argentina turned violent Wednesday night after the country’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion on demand.
The Evening Standard reports abortion activists threw firebombs and glass at riot police and pro-lifers on the streets of Buenos Aires after the vote.
Late Wednesday, the Senate rejected the pro-abortion bill in a 38-31 vote after the lower house of parliament passed it earlier this year. The bill would have legalized abortions for any reason up to 14 weeks and up to birth in limited circumstances, including rape.
The current law prohibits unborn babies from being aborted except in cases of rape, severe disabilities or threats to the mother’s life.
Late Wednesday into Thursday, riot police set up a mobile barrier to protect people from the violent pro-abortion protesters, according to the report. Photos show abortion activists starting fires along the barrier and throwing glass bottles over it.
After the vote, a number of protestors clashed with police, throwing firebombs and setting up flaming barricades. Police officers responded with tear gas.
Dramatic images from the scene show people throwing bottles and other objects while anti-abortion activists celebrate.
Newser reports thousands of people stood in the streets of the nation’s capital, sometimes in heavy rain and cold temperatures to wait for the vote. Large video screens were set up outside of parliament for people to watch the debate, according to the report.
“The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but after the vote, small groups of protesters clashed with police, throwing firebombs and setting up flaming barricades. Police officers responded with tear gas,” according to the report.
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The Irish news site Buzz shared a video of abortion activists starting fires in the streets.
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The reports do not indicate if there were any arrests.
Meanwhile, EuroNews reports pro-lifers celebrated with fireworks and shouts of joy outside parliament. Many pro-lifers wore or waved baby blue bandannas, a symbol of the fight for unborn babies’ rights in the country, according to CBC.