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Police brace for anniversary of tumultuous anti-abortion protests


Twenty-five years after anti-abortion protests led to almost 2,700 arrests outside local abortion clinics, the city of Wichita in Kansas is bracing for another anniversary round of demonstrations under the heading of the "Summer of Mercy," with local police preparing a 60-page operational plan.WICHITA, Kan. — Twenty-five years after tumultuous mass protests led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside local abortion clinics, Wichita is bracing for a “Summer of Mercy” anniversary that supporters hope will draw hundreds of activists.The Wichita Police Department has spent months putting together a 60-page operational plan that aims at ensuring that everyone is safe.“I don’t think that we are anticipating an event like 1991,” said Police Capt. Brian White.“However, we have to be prepared for all possibilities and we want to ensure protesters have the ability to exercise their rights to protest, and we also want to make sure that we balance that with the legal right for the businesses to operate,” he said.

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