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World Women Strike in Poland as Tensions Over Abortion Escalate

08:30  29 october  2020
08:30  29 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Polish women went on strike to protest a nearly complete ban on abortion , escalating a standoff with the government intent on bringing the country back to “This attack is aimed at destroying Poland and ending the history of the Polish nation as we perceive it.” Police detained 76 people who “targeted

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(Bloomberg) -- Polish women went on strike and tens of thousands took to the streets to protest a nearly complete ban on abortion, as a mass movement standoff against a government seeking to reimpose Catholic values extended into a seventh day.

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The strike comes after Poland’s most-powerful politician, ruling-party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, called pro-choice protesters “nihilists” and pledged to defend churches from the demonstrations. Last week, the country’s highest court said that abortions were illegal in cases when the fetus doesn’t stand a chance to live outside the womb, ruling on a case brought forward by Kaczynski’s allies.

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Women in Poland walked off the job and hit the streets nationwide on Wednesday, the seventh straight day of mass protests over a court ruling to impose a near-total abortion ban in the country. Despite tight coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings, Poland has seen huge rallies against the ruling in

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Further curbs to what already was one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws set off a wave of angry protests. During five years of Kaczynski’s rule, Poland has turned its back on the European Union’s multicultural values, vilified the LGBT+ community while giving the Catholic church more sway over everyday life.

While it’s difficult to estimate how many women went on strike on Wednesday, some schools and businesses shut and about 200 protests took place across the country.

“Shaken, depressed and angry by the decision that strips citizens of dignity and security, I join the strike,” Dorota Fiett, a principal of the Bednarska Szkola Realna, a high school in Warsaw, said on Facebook. Dentons, the biggest international law firm in Poland, declared its “understanding for employees that decided to support the protest.”

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A proposed bill to further restrict abortion in Poland presented a fresh challenge for women 's rights activists there: how to protest in the time of coronavirus.

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‘Women’s Hell’

The government is battling back against the protesters, who meet daily in defiance of increasingly strict lockdown rules. Kaczynski said the demonstrations pose a civilizational threat for Poland after activists disrupted religious services last weekend, with police detaining 76 people for “targeting religious sanctuaries.”

“I urge all members of Law & Justice and those that support us to take part in defending churches,” Kaczynski, who’s also a deputy prime minister, said Tuesday. “This attack is aimed at destroying Poland and ending the history of the Polish nation as we perceive it.”

With far-right groups organizing to protect churches, safety concerns are growing as women seek to hold a big march in Warsaw on Friday.

“Radicalism creates radicalism, and the call by Kaczynski to defend churches is in essence consent for unrest,” said Anna Materska-Sosnowska, a political scientist at Warsaw University. “We can expect an escalation of protests by young people and women, which is very dangerous.”

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Women ’s rights activists in Poland said they would not back down and that more protests were planned for the week. Poland already has some of the European Union’s most stringent restrictions on abortion . Polish opposition parties, the EU's human rights commissioner as well as international

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In parliament on Wednesday, Kaczynski called the opposition “criminals” and blamed them for stoking unrest and encouraging protests amid the pandemic. About 20,000 people gathered in Lodz, central Poland, and about half of that in Warsaw, holding signs ranging from “Women’s Hell” to “Fight Covid, Not Women” and “This Is War.”

‘Political Ploy’

The Nationwide Women Strike, the group loosely coordinating the mostly grassroots protests, vowed to continue demonstrating until the government resigns. The group is seeking legalization of abortion and sex education, a secular state, judicial independence and more funding for health care and businesses hit by the pandemic.

The unrest comes as coronavirus infections and deaths spiraled to record highs on Wednesday, overwhelming hospitals and increasing the risk of another large-scale lockdown that could further undercut the popularity of Law & Justice. Poland’s currency, the zloty, tumbled to its weakest level against the euro in a decade.

“The government may be using this emotional issue as a political ploy to deflect attention away from the increasingly worrying Covid pandemic,” said Piotr Matys, an emerging-market strategist at Rabobank in London. “Over the longer term, conflicts between the government and large swathes of society can impact how foreign investors view Poland.”

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