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ZURICH (ChurchMilitant.com) - Swiss police were attacked by abortion activists in the streets of Zurich as they defended a demonstration by pro-life advocates.
On Sept. 14, abortion activists gathered to violently counter-protest the 10th annual Swiss March for Life. Among the counter-protesters were people wearing the tell-tale black and red worn by socialist terrorist organization Antifa.
Over 1,200 pro-life advocates marched in the street with signs, calling for an end to abortion in Switzerland. The motto for the march was "Thank you for allowing me to live!" with a focus on children diagnosed with Down syndrome and other special needs.
Police allowed abortion activists to gather in a park by a square, called Turbinenplatz, because they didn't have a permit to march in the streets, unlike pro-life advocates who were granted permission by the Zurich city government.
The march was temporarily halted by police for the safety of pro-lifers, and the march route was shortened in order to protect them from attacks.
Police report that, by mid-afternoon, abortion activists grew restless and took to the streets, setting garbage cans on fire and throwing rocks and glass bottles at police. Water cannons and tear gas were used to break up violent protesters.
Although 175 people were detained by police, only one was arrested. Two police officers and two firemen were injured by abortion activists but no pro-lifers were hurt.
Beatrice Gall, spokeswoman for the March for Life, commented, "It's terrible what happened. The tolerance that these violent groups demand does not accord them to others at all. This has not lost anything in a democratic constitutional state such as Switzerland."
Swiss media, however, spoke of the violent abortion activists as "autonomists" and made almost no mention of the March for Life.
Pro-life groups from Poland, Austria and Germany were present, and among the speakers was Bp. Peter Bürcher of the diocese of Chur. Numerous clerics wearing cassocks were also present in the crowd.
Bürcher said, "People with Down syndrome, like all of us, have the right to live for a single, but always valid reason: because they are human, inviolable persons, God's creatures, created according to His image and likeness."
He added, "We showed the joy in the lives of people with Down syndrome with pictures and music and took a look into their everyday lives."
In 2017, the March for Life was canceled because of violent abortion activists.