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Thousands of Croatians rally against abortion

Thousands of anti-abortion marchers took to the streets on Saturday in three cities around Croatia, a largely Catholic country where activists say reproductive rights are increasingly under threat.
In Zagreb, police briefly detained around a dozen women’s rights protesters who tried to block the annual “March for Life”, which drew some 5,000 people to the centre of the capital.
The crowd was full of children with balloons while demonstrators marched with a banner that read: “Let’s protect the most endangered minority in Croatia -- unborn children.” Thousands of other anti-abortion activists also marched in the coastal towns of Split and Zadar.
“A child should be protected from conception till birth,” said 34-year-old Ivan Plese, a theologist walking with his wife and 10-month baby boy.
Ivana Lozo, a 19-year-old at the rally, said that “abortion should be completely banned.” Abortion is legal until the 10th week of pregnancy in Croatia under a 1978 law from when the country was still part of communist Yugoslavia.