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US News Tens of thousands of Poles demonstrate for the right to abortion

00:50  31 october  2020
00:50  31 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Defying the restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic, tens of thousands of Poles demonstrated this Friday, October 30 in Warsaw and across the country, to protest against a court decision banning almost all abortions.

“We've had enough! »,« My body, my choice! Waving rainbow flags, chanting anti-government slogans, protesters in Warsaw carried overwhelmingly the symbol of their revolt - a red lightning. Despite some scuffles sparked by far-right counter-protesters, the rallies were mostly peaceful, on the ninth consecutive day of protests since the controversial decision of the Constitutional Tribunal.

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Tens of thousands of Poles have been marching for almost a week to protest a new high court ruling that imposes a near-total ban on abortion , blocking Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law in front of

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According to the Warsaw City Hall, the demonstration in the city center brought together "tens of thousands of people", while the police made "several arrests" in two incidents. Women's rights activists, who are behind these rallies, face legal action because any gathering of more than five people on public roads is currently prohibited. Relatively smaller protest actions were held in dozens of other Polish cities, including Krakow, Lodz, Katowice and Wroclaw.

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Mass demonstrations began last week when the Constitutional Court, reformed by the conservative Law and Justice party ( PiS) in power, and complying with its wishes, outlawed the voluntary termination of pregnancy in the event of a serious malformation of the fetus, ruling that it is "incompatible" with the Constitution. Once published in the official journal, this decision will result in the ban on all abortions, except in cases of rape and incest or when the mother's life is in danger.

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Abortion is now possible only where a mother's health is at risk or in cases of rape or incest. The sad truth is that the right -wing government is pushing Poland deeper towards authoritarian regimes and I can't let this happen, and most Poles don't give their consent on that either. Therefore, the law on

Tens of thousands of people, gathering in defiance of pandemic restrictions, vented their frustration about the abortion ruling and more broadly at perceived restrictions on their freedoms under the right -wing ruling party, Law and Justice. With military gendarmes ordered to monitor the crowds

Against the influence of the Catholic Church

But in the processions of demonstrations, the demands are now numerous, reports our correspondent in Warsaw, Sarah Bakaloglou . In addition to the right to choose for abortion, the Poles are calling for the departure of the government, but also for an end to the influence of the Catholic Church in the country. A demand also supported by the movement La Grève des femmes. Among other demands, he calls for the state to stop funding the Church and for religion to be removed from Polish schools.

Last Sunday, for the first time, activists in favor of the right to abortion burst into some churches during mass. Acts aimed at destroying the country denounced PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczyinski denounced acts aimed at destroying the country. He did not hesitate to call on his supporters to defend the churches. The demonstrators saw it as an incitement to civil war.

Since last Sunday, groups of men have in any case formed to stand guard in front of some of these places of worship in the country, raising fears of tensions with the demonstrators.

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