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Bare-breasted protesters besiege bishop in Spain

Published on Feb 3, 2014 6:03 AM

MADRID (AFP) - Bare-breasted feminists hurled knickers at the archbishop of Madrid as he arrived at church on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014, in protest of his support for a tightening of Spain's abortion law.

Five topless protesters swooped on Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela as he got out of a car to attend an evening mass at a church in central Madrid.

They hurled red-stained knickers at the cardinal, who they say is one of the forces behind the conservative government's planned abortion reform.

Clerics and worshippers rushed out of the church to fend off the protesters, who fled before the police were called, an AFP photographer at the scene said.

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