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World Protests decry Polish gov't plan to leave anti-violence deal

01:18  25 july  2020
01:18  25 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Protesters rallied across Poland in support of the Istanbul domestic violence convention after the government signaled it would withdraw from it. The rallies were triggered by a recent announcement by the minister for labor and social policy, Marlena Malag, that Poland was preparing to leave the

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people in Warsaw and some other cities in Poland protested Friday against plans by the conservative government to withdraw from Europe’s Istanbul Convention against domestic violence and violence against women and children.

Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Carrying signs of the “Women’s Strike” rights movement, they chanted “Fight against the virus not against women” as they marched through downtown Warsaw.

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Polonophobia, anti -Polonism ( Polish : Antypolonizm), and anti - Polish sentiment are terms for a variety of negative attitudes, prejudices, and actions against Polish people and Polish culture.

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Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

They rallied in front of the offices of a Roman Catholic organization of lawyers, Ordo Iuris, that is pushing for the withdrawal. They said Ordo Iuris members are “fundamentalists."

Protesters taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes © Provided by Associated Press Protesters taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Protests were also held in Wroclaw, Czestochowa and some other cities.

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Protesters taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes © Provided by Associated Press Protesters taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The government has recently signaled that it plans to leave the convention that was ratified by the previous, liberal administration in 2015. The government and other critics contend the convention goes against Poland’s constitution, Roman Catholic family traditions and say it is wrong to link religion to violence against women.

Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Liberal opposition parties support the convention.

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The anti - government protesters held up placards featuring slogans such as "Stop the Virus of Dictatorship," "Let My People Go" and "Police Violence Even though the protest was legitimate and most participants dispersed on their own initiative, one group refused to leave even after the police

Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is based on the premise that women are targeted with violence just because they are women. It states that men and women have equal rights and obliges state authorities to take steps to prevent violence against women, protect the victims and prosecute the perpetrators.

Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

One of the provisions that raised questions by Poland's government says that neither culture, custom, religion, tradition or so-called “honour” can justify violence.

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Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Protesters with a banner reading © Provided by Associated Press Protesters with a banner reading "Women's Strike" taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence,in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the opinion of Poland's right-wing government the convention promotes "gender" ideologies alien to Poland's Catholic tradition.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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