Abortion protesters throw red paint at Polish party building

January 18, 2018

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 a security guard reacts after protesters threw balloons filled with red paint against the headquarters of the conservative ruling Law and Justice party in Warsaw, Poland. The incident occurred late Wednesday after hundreds of people, mostly women, marched through Warsaw calling for a liberalization of the country's abortion laws. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police say balloons filled with red paint were thrown at the headquarters of the ruling conservative party during a protest calling for changing the country’s strict abortion laws.

Police spokesman Mariusz Mrozek said about 11 paint-filled balloons were thrown against the Law and Justice party building in central Warsaw late Wednesday as hundreds of people, mostly women, marched through the city urging a liberalization of abortion laws. Similar protests occurred in other cities.

Protesters are angry that parliament is considering tightening the country’s abortion law, which is already one of the most restrictive in Europe. The current Polish law bans all abortions except in exceptional cases.

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