#Strike4Repeal: Ireland protests abortion ban on International Women's Day

Updated 1009 GMT (1809 HKT) March 9, 2017

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Dublin, Ireland (CNN)As women around the world wore red in solidarity with International Women's Day, crowds in Ireland donned black and went on strike to protest against the country's restrictive abortion laws.

Traffic ground to a halt in parts of Dublin Wednesday as women and abortion rights activists sang along to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" during a raucous dance party on O'Connell Bridge.
After sundown, a second, separate demonstration -- also in protest against Ireland's abortion laws -- commenced, with Irish police estimating 10,000 to 12,000 people on the capital's streets.