POSADAS, Argentina, October 11, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Angry, pro-abortion feminists mocked, spat on, and spray-painted Catholics who were standing guard in front of the cathedral of the Diocese of Posadas in Argentina on Saturday, an event that was caught on video by professional journalists and placed on YouTube and other media.

According to reports by local media, the bishop of Posadas, Juan Martínez, had closed the cathedral and canceled liturgical services there in anticipation of the presence of the women, who had gathered in the city to participate in the annual national National Women’s Encounter, an event that has become notorious for vandalism and attacks on Catholic churches.

Although the destructive behavior of participants in Argentina’s annual National Women’s Encounter is well known, Martínez had inexplicably asked the police not to place barriers nor to guard the cathedral, which was on the planned route of the feminists’ march through the city. 

Local Catholics who placed themselves in front of the building to defend the structure from defacement were left defenseless as they were harassed and spray-painted by the feminists.

Following the attacks, which successfully defaced part of the building despite the presence of Catholic laity, Bishop Martinez said that the diocese had chosen “the road of peace and of non-confrontation,” but called the actions of the demonstrators “shameful.”

Calling the feminists “professional provocateurs” in a press conference following the attack, Martínez added that “we’re going to leave the paint for 48 hours so that people will reflect.  The city was left vandalized, subjected, and violated. If they had done it to a synagogue, it would have been said that it was an anti-Semitic aggression. As it was against Catholics, there’s no problem.”

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Argentina’s National Women’s Encounter attracts thousands of women every year from extremist feminist groups, many of them homosexuals, to angrily demand the acceptance of their political agenda, which includes the legalization of abortion and the vindication of the homosexual lifestyle.

In 2010 they vandalized buildings in the city of Paraná, attacked Catholics in front of the city’s cathedral and seriously injured at least one person. Similar confrontations have occurred in other years as well, including 2007 and 2008.