Pro-Abortion Demonstrators Vandalize Church in Barcelona with Offensive Graffiti and Harass Churchgoers

Country: Spain

Date of incident: September 28, 2023

The Spanish Christian Lawyers Foundation has filed a complaint against a pro-abortion organization whose members allegedly harassed people attending Mass and spray-painted offensive slogans on the walls of the church. According to the lawyers, the organization responsible for the harassment and vandalism was the Association of Sexual and Reproductive Rights. On September 28, during a march through the streets of Barcelona, protestors "attacked the parish of Santa María del Remei in the Las Corts neighborhood," according to a statement posted on October 17 on the lawyers' website. The complaint to the judge specifies that "the attackers reproached the parishioners who attended Mass in addition to painting graffiti with statements such as "(piece of) trash church you are a dictatorship" or "abuser priests prohibit abortion."

The Christian Lawyers Foundation also noted that "it's not the first time that similar acts have occurred at this parish led by these same groups." The protestors allegedly held an illegal demonstration with the aggravating factor of discrimination and committed property damage. 

The picture ofr the church from the X (Twitter) account of L'Associació de Drets Sexuals i Reproductius was posted on September 28 with the caption "NOT A STEP BACK."

Sources: CNAPressbeeNational Catholic Register

Picture: from the X account of L'Associació de Drets Sexuals i Reproductius