In Warsaw, a massive protest against the anti-abortion law began. Gazeta Wyborcza writes about this on December 13. The action was organized by the Strajk Kobiet (Women’s Strike) movement, which regularly opposes the ban on abortion. This time, the activists were joined by members of trade unions – farmers, entrepreneurs, economists. The Sunday action is dedicated to the 39th anniversary of the imposition of martial law in Poland, which was in force from 1981 to 1983.
Protesters head to the presidential palace. The police are trying to disperse the crowd that blocked the roads. According to the demonstrators, at least two people have already been detained.
Reinforced police patrols are on duty in the area of the demonstration. Through loudspeakers, representatives of law enforcement agencies urge people to disperse, since due to the pandemic, mass gatherings in the republic are prohibited.
The demonstration is attended by representatives of the Polish Union of Entrepreneurs. They are unhappy with the authorities’ policy in the field of countering the spread of coronavirus, which has affected many sectors of the economy. Several thousand people came to the protest with Polish flags and banners. “Enough for us!”, “Freedom and equality”, “My choice is not a sin”, “You are destroying companies”, “We have the right to protest”, “I am for a choice” — read the texts on the posters.
We will remind, on Thursday, October 23, the Constitutional Court of Poland announced a decision that abortion due to fetal defects is contrary to the Constitution, establishing a legal basis that is tantamount to an almost complete ban on termination of pregnancy. After that, protests began in Warsaw and throughout the country.