Mexico protests against attacks on women turn violent, as tension with president escalates

Mexico protests against attacks on women turn violent, as tension with president escalatesMarch 9, 2021

Protesters angry that López Obrador has supported politician accused of sexual assault are calling for greater protections for women

Women marching on International Women’s Day have clashed with police at barricades surrounding the National Palace in Mexico City, where officers fired pepper spray after the protesters attempted to tear down a metal wall.

Sixty-two officers and 19 civilians were injured, said Marcela Figueroa, an official of the city’s police agency. The Mexico City government “categorically denied” using any kind of gas against protesters.

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