People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. The letter asks the European Commission "to take immediate steps to defend core European values – equality, non-discrimination, respect for minorities – which are being blatantly violated in Poland" and calls upon the Polish government "to hold accountable those who are responsible for unlawful and violent arrests of August 7, 2020" and "to stop targeting sexual minorities". [34], Over the weekend, solidarity demonstrations were also held in Kraków (300 people attended),[33] Lublin, Wrocław, Rzeszów, Białowieża, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Łódź, Poznań, Tarnów, and Zielona Góra. Reuters. The ruling has provoked an outcry from rights groups in and outside the deeply Catholic country of 38 million people. She presented herself for arrest while hundreds of sympathizers protested the arrest. 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Trzy głosy po brutalnej szarży policji (interview)", "Zatrzymanie Margo. [56] On 18 August, 75 celebrities including Ed Harris, Pedro Almodóvar, James Norton, Slavoj Žižek, and Margaret Atwood published an open letter (addressed to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission) in Gazeta Wyborcza. [52] Police actions were criticized in a letter signed by dozens of former Solidarity activists, who compared it to the state persecution of anti-Communists in the Polish People's Republic. Six people in Kraków were cited for hanging a rainbow flag over a statue of the Wawel Dragon; possible charges suggested by the police included "putting an object in the wrong place" and "disturbing public order". [7] Not all LGBT people in Poland agree with Stop Bzdurom's tactics. Prior to the demonstration, someone had painted a rainbow on the street, which police said was an unknown substance that posed a threat to vehicle traffic. [53] On 20 August, OKO.press published a letter from a number of prominent religious figures, including Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland, stating that they disagreed with the pre-trial detention of Margot. Funds", "LGBT campaigners denounce President Duda's comments on "communism, "Poland's Presidential Election Was Close but Voters Remain Far Apart", "Po zatrzymaniu Margot. The drivers know where the Stop Bzdurom activists live and target their place of residence. "[17] Former police commandant of Zgierz district, Iwona Lewandowska, stated that the response "ruined the image of the police". In 2020… The protesters were reacting to Thursday’s ruling by Poland’s highest court that an existing law allowing the abortion of malformed foetuses was incompatible with the constitution. Women’s groups estimate that as many as 200,000 procedures are performed illegally or abroad each year. Solidarity protests have occurred in several cities in Poland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Pro-bono legal help was offered to many of those arrested. The police initially declined to arrest her, but later tried to do so and were physically, but non-violently blocked by activists. The protest, called Black Monday, opposes the tightening of anti-abortion laws by the Polish government. "[29][32] and "She will never walk alone!" Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 28, 2020 against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law. Poland’s right-wing government is delaying the publication and implementation of a high court ruling that tightens the abortion law and that has triggered almost two weeks of nationwide protests. On the nationalist side, All-Polish Youth leader Ziemowit Przebitkowski, MP Krzysztof Bosak (Confederation) and anti-abortion activist Kaja Godek [pl] gave speeches. v Bratislave vyvesili dúhovú vlajku", "Activists stage beautiful kaleidoscopic protest at Polish consulate with rainbows, pride and solidarity", "Growing UK solidarity movement backs 'Polish Stonewall, "Showing solidarity with Poland's LGBTQ+ community", "Narodowcy protestowali przeciwko 'agresji LGBT'. [24] In total, forty-eight people, including Margot, were arrested, which was described as a "mass arrest", and held in at least four police stations in Warsaw. The future is uncertain. They are taking place in over 150 cities and towns in Poland, 90 percent of which have less than 50,000 inhabitants. ... Election 2020. Protesters block a crossing in downtown Warsaw on the 12th straight day of anti-government protests that were triggered by the tightening of Poland's strict abortion law and are continuing despite an anti-COVID-19 ban on public gatherings. Protesters decry government's anti-LGBTQ attitudes", "Policja w domach zatrzymanych po proteście w obronie Margot", "W całym kraju demonstracje solidarności z osobami LGBT i "Margot. Protests against the tightening of abortion restrictions in Poland have intensified further in the past week and are developing into a revolt against the PiS government. On 7 August 2020, a protest against the arrest of LGBT activist Margot led to a confrontation with police in central Warsaw and resulted in the arrest of 47 others, some of whom were peacefully protesting and others who were bystanders to the event, dubbed "Polish Stonewall" in an analogy to the 1969 Stonewall riots. Czy obserwujemy narodziny polskiego Stonewall? 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