July 2020

 Triple stabbing at Chile abortion rights rally sparks outcry

Demonstrators suspect anti-abortion activists after three women attacked by masked assailants

Human rights activists in Chile have expressed shock and concern after masked attackers stabbed three women at a protest in favour of free and legal abortion.

One of the women was wounded in the stomach and two others in the legs during a march in the country’s capital, Santiago, on Wednesday. Their injuries were not described as life-threatening. A policeman was also hurt in the incident.

No suspects have been arrested, but participants in the march argue that anti-abortion radicals are responsible.

“The protest began festive, but we felt the mood turn when we heard that a group of extremists had put up barricades and scattered animal guts on the ground,” said Antonia Orellana, a member of the Chilean Network Against Violence Toward Women and the leftwing Frente Amplio party.

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