November 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pro-abortion protesters gathered to menace the Cathedral of Buenos Aires on November 1 assaulted a protective contingent of riot police, but were eventually repulsed to cheers of “Viva Cristo Rey!” (Long Live Christ the King) by Catholics who had come to aid in the Cathedral’s defense.

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Protesters, many of them feminists who had come to commemorate the anniversary of a legislative initiative that failed in 2011 to legalize the killing of the unborn, threw eggs, spat, brandished flagpoles, and ultimately launched a violent attack on police, sending at least one to the hospital. They chanted slogans calling the Catholic Church “trash,” denouncing its pro-life views, and accusing priests of being sex abusers.

While the attacks occurred outside, priests and laity inside of the church conducted worship services. Catholics observing the events formed a line of defense in front of the Cathedral and prayed the rosary.

The attack was the second assault on a Catholic cathedral in less than a month by pro-abortion groups.  On October 6, feminists attacked Catholics who were arrayed in front of the Cathedral of Posadas to protect the building, which was nonetheless defaced with spray-paint.

Attacks on Argentinean Catholic churches has become standard behavior by feminist groups in recent years, in particular by the National Women’s Encounter, which was responsible for the Posadas attack. The Encounter attracts thousands of women every year from extremist groups, many of them homosexuals, to angrily demand the acceptance of their political agenda, which includes the legalization of abortion and the acceptance 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.