Police in Poland used pepper spray on protesters

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POLICE in Poland used pepper spray to deter protesters objecting to the new abortion laws.

Hundreds of people marched to the home of Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Warsaw on Thursday, October 22 to vent their anger at new abortion laws. The protesters clashed with riot police, leading officers to use pepper spray to subdue the crowd.

It comes after Thursday’s ruling that the ending of the life of a deformed foetus is unconstitutional; now in Poland, abortion is only permitted by law in cases of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk.

Current coronavirus restrictions limit public gatherings in Warsaw to just 10 people, but police encountered hundreds outside the house of the Deputy Prime Minister, some holding candles and signs with the word “torture” on them.

Police said officers used pepper spray and physical force when some protesters threw stones and tried to push through the cordon around the house. A spokesman said 15 people were detained.

Police report other protests across Poland against the abortion ruling, including Krakow, Lodz and Szczecin.

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