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Canada Poland: Vast demonstration for abortion expected in Warsaw

18:57  30 october  2020
18:57  30 october  2020 Source:   bfmtv.com

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POLAND-ABORTION: Poland: Vast demonstration for abortion expected in Warsaw

POLOGNE: VASTE MANIFESTATION POUR L'AVORTEMENT ATTENDUE À VARSOVIE © Reuters / Maciej Margas / POLAND ON AIR POLAND: VAST EVENT FOR ABORTION EXPECTED IN WARSAW

WARSAW (Reuters) - Abortion rights activists from across Poland are scheduled to gather in Warsaw this Friday for what police say police say is the biggest protest yet against a court ruling leading to an almost total ban on abortion.

Since the invalidation on 22 October by the Polish Constitutional Court of a provision authorizing the voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) in the event of a fetal malformation, tens of thousands of people demonstrate daily and disrupt religious services in this country predominantly Catholic.

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"We expect this to be the biggest protest since the judgment," said Sylwester Marczak, police spokesman.


Video: Poland: demonstration against the almost total ban on abortion (AFP)

The Strajk Kobiet group ("women's strike"), which organizes rallies, declared on its Facebook page that protesters would meet at three locations in the center of the capital at 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT).

The leader of the movement, Marta Lempart, called on the demonstrators to report any aggression and to oppose any fines or legal proceedings that could be decided against them for their participation in these rallies. "We are not doing anything wrong by protesting and taking to the streets," she said at a press conference.

Authorities have said they plan to prosecute the organizers of the protests on public health grounds, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressing fears that the gatherings could help the spread of the epidemic due to the novel coronavirus.

The demonstrations target in particular the conservative party in power Law and Justice (PiS) as well as the powerful Catholic Church, accused of having influenced the decision of the Constitutional Court.

(Marcin Goclowski, Joanna Plucinska, Pawel Florkiewicz and Justyna Pawlak; French version Dagmarah Mackos)

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