TENS of thousands protest near-total abortion ban in Poland, despite coronavirus restrictions
Over 100’000 protesters took part in a demonstration in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, October 30 against the new law decreeing a near-total ban on abortions, according to mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.
The protest was held despite the fact that groups of more than five are banned from gathering in Poland, according to coronavirus restrictions.
The demonstrations were against a new law announced earlier in October by Poland’s constitutional court that ruled that abortion of foetuses with severe abnormalities is unconstitutional. Under the new law, abortions are only allowed if the pregnancy is as a result of rape or incest, or if it puts the life of the mother in danger.
There was a large police presence as far right activists and football hooligans emerged to stage a counter-protest, and women carrying placards saying “I wish I could abort my government” and “even Shrek wouldn’t want to live in such a swamp” marched on the home of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling Law and Justice party.
Twelve people were arrested, local police said.
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