• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3

VIRAL VIDEO: Cops hit female pro-choicers

Steve Tallantyre · 23 Dec 2013, 14:14

Published: 23 Dec 2013 10:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Dec 2013 14:14 GMT+01:00

The five minute clip was filmed by the group Periodismo Humano at the 500-strong protests in front of the Ministry of Justice.

Demonstrators from the group 'We Decide' had called the protest to demand the resignation of Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz- Gallardón, and the withdrawal of the government’s draft law which will restrict access to abortions in Spain..

It passed without incident but clashes took place afterwards in plaza Jacinto Benavente.

On the video, shouts can be heard, then police can be seen apparently pouncing on one of the protesters, leading to a number of confrontations.

Police grab, push and strike the women with batons, knocking them to the ground.

One protestor can be heard shouting “Son of a bitch, don’t touch me,” before being pushed and hit by truncheon-wielding officers.

Spanish online daily The Huffington Post reported police sources as saying that three women were arrested for resistance, disobedience and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Story continues below…

Protests against the new draft law, which is expected to be passed, also took place in Barcelona.

The bill has been fiercely criticized by opponents who claim that it will increase the number of clandestine abortions and take Spain back to the 1980s.

Steve Tallantyre (news@thelocal.es)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Stolen Dali masterpiece recovered from criminal gang
Dali's Adolescence was recovered in Holland. Arthur Brand / Twitter

A Dali masterpiece stolen seven years ago from a museum in the Netherlands has been recovered by an art detective.

Catalan parliament defies court in independence drive
Photo: AFP

the region to push ahead with its bid to forge a separate state with or without Madrid's approval.

Eleven jailed in stamp scam, one of Spain's 'biggest frauds'

It was one of the biggest scams ever seen in Spain. And it was based around stamp collecting.

Spain escapes fine from EU over excessive deficit
Photo: AFP

The European Commission has backed away from slapping fines on Spain and Portugal for running high deficits, in what would have been a landmark move by the EU to impose tough budget rules.

Spain ups security at tourist spots as terrorism fears grow
A policeman outside Seville's Alcazar. Photo: AFP

A spate of terror attacks carried out by individuals in France and Germany has prompted Spain to boost security at tourist spots.

Air Europa pilots call off four-day strike
Photo: AFP

Good news for those flying with Air Europa as pilots have called off a strike planned for July 30th to August 2nd.

Jihadist brothers arrested in Catalonia for financing Isis
Photo: AFP

The two brothers were arrested in Girona, in northeastern Spain, on Wednesday morning.

Ex-cop shoots new in-laws at wedding reception in Spain
Vintage bride and groom ornaments. Photo: Jean L / Flickr

A retired Civil Guard fired shots at members of his bride's family during the wedding celebrations and then turned the gun on himself.

Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve
A plane fights a wildfire burning in Artana. Photo: AFP

Spanish troops intervened on Tuesday as a wildfire near the eastern city of Valencia spread to a nature reserve.

Spanish king 'concerned' about political deadlock
Spain's King Felipe is concerned about Spain's lack of government. Photo: AFP

The monarch is beginning a fourth round of talks with party representatives to try and agree on a government.

National
7 reasons why grandparents in Spain are simply the best
Travel
Barcelona bans Segways from tourist clogged waterfront
National
Spain pays €300m each year in pensions… to dead people
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
Police issue guidelines as Pokémon craze sweeps Spain
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Another dodgy art restoration raises alarm in Spain
National
Watch: Man in wheelchair zooms past Barcelona traffic
National
Woof! How to find dog-friendly beaches in Spain
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Travel
Tourist sparks bomb scare by locking suitcase to park bench
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Technology
Five brilliant apps to help improve your Spanish
National
Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Travel
Off the beaten track: 14 best kept travel secrets in Spain
International
Keep calm and wait and see: Advice for expats post-Brexit
Features
Top 10 Spanish treats to keep you cool in summer
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
'I've had best time ever' insists American gored in bull run
Health
How to avoid heatstroke when Spain starts to sizzle
International
Champion of expat property rights in Spain awarded gong
National
Scorchio! Heat warnings issued across Spain
National
Brits demand dual citizenship for expats in Spain post Brexit
Sport
Spanish matador gored to death in the ring
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Lifestyle
Eleven types of men you might typically date in Spain
National
Spanish police rescue British teen trapped by dad in house for two years
Features
Seven burning questions for British expats about Brexit
Technology
Six free apps to simplify your summer in Spain
3,286
jobs available