A representative of the police did not answer all questions posed by opposition MPs, refusing to say why it was necessary to arrest the demonstrators. President Andrzej Duda emphasized the issue, stating, "LGBT is not people, it's an ideology", calling it an "ideology of evil" that is "even more dangerous to mankind than communism".  Duda narrowly won the election, by the thinnest margin since the end of the Soviet Union. On the nationalist side, All-Polish Youth leader Ziemowit Przebitkowski, MP Krzysztof Bosak (Confederation) and anti-abortion activist Kaja Godek [pl] gave speeches.  Those arrested were initially not given the reason for their arrest, but later told that they might face charges for "taking part in an illegal gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic". Nationwide protests … Declarations of LGBT-free zones in 2019 and 2020 and the 2020 Polish presidential election, which saw President Andrzej Duda use anti-LGBT rhetoric, have led to protest from LGBT rights activists, who adopted direct action tactics. 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 abortion ruling drew immediate condemnation from the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights body. Poland’s mass protests for abortion rights: ‘This is war’ A proposal to ban most terminations has triggered the largest rallies post-communism Poland has witnessed. , The Polish Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, stated that he was deeply concerned by the police response. Women’s groups estimate that as many as 200,000 procedures are performed illegally or abroad each year. An areial view of people continuing to protest against the Constitutional Court ruling on tightening the abortion law on October 30, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. Some protesters chanted: “Freedom, equality, women’s rights.”. Solidarity protests have occurred in several cities in Poland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Thousands of people marched in cities across Poland on Saturday in the third straight day of protests against a near-total ban on abortion, with some promising further action in the coming days. Women wearing black participate in a nationwide pro-abortion protest on 3 October 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. She presented herself for arrest while hundreds of sympathizers protested the arrest. Teraz się tłumaczą, dlaczego to robili", "Polish court rules campaign linking LGBT and paedophilia is 'informative and educational, "Polish activists fight against anti-LGBT movement", "Mężczyźni najbardziej boją się gejów i Gender, kobiety zapaści ochrony zdrowia. Poland’s rightwing government has delayed implementation of a controversial court ruling that would outlaw almost all abortion after it prompted the largest protests since the fall of communism. Czy obserwujemy narodziny polskiego Stonewall? Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, tested positive for the virus on Saturday as health authorities reported a near-record 13,628 cases over the last 24 hours and a record daily death toll of 179. On 7 August, a court granted a request for Margot's pre-trial detention for two months.  One target is the vans belonging to Fundacja Pro [pl], which are covered in anti-LGBT slogans associating homosexuality and pedophilia, a message which the vans also broadcast on loudspeakers. People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Pro-bono legal help was offered to many of those arrested. , On 2 September, the police crackdown was discussed by the Sejm's internal affairs committee. The changes at the court are part of controversial judicial reforms that have put Poland on a collision course with the EU over concerns they undermine judicial independence and the rule of law. The excessive arrests and police brutality on 7 August were criticized by the Polish Ombudsman, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights [pl], Council of Europe human rights commissioner, and dozens of celebrities including Margaret Atwood. 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. 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 8 August, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights released a statement criticizing excessive arrests and police brutality in connection with the previous day's mass arrest, which was signed by dozens of other Polish civil society groups. 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Trzy głosy po brutalnej szarży policji (interview)", "Zatrzymanie Margo. Last modified on Sat 24 Oct 2020 19.37 BST.  On 17 August, there was a solidarity demonstration in Plac Stulecia [pl], Sosnowiec, attended by about 20 people including Modern MP Monika Rosa and local politician Janusz Kubicki. The impact of Covid-19 on the scale, demography and length of current protests cannot be underestimated. The names and ranks of the officers were missing on the uniforms.  Rainbow flags have been hung on buildings, including the former SS headquarters in Warsaw, Faculty of Psychology [pl] of the University of Warsaw, and Polish Theatre in Poznań.  Among those arrested were LGBT activist Bartosz Staszewski, a 52-year-old amateur journalist, Malgorzata Rawinska, who had been reporting on the protest, and an Italian legal resident who happened on the demonstration and was arrested while watching it. In 2020… They are taking place in over 150 cities and towns in Poland, 90 percent of which have less than 50,000 inhabitants. 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.  LGBT organizations such as Campaign Against Homophobia and Tolerado have attempted to stop the vans by reporting them to the police; however, these efforts have been mostly unsuccessful due to the lack of recognition of anti-LGBT speech in Poland's hate speech laws.  Soldiarity protests occurred on 10 August and 13 August outside the Polish consulate in Edinburgh. Protests follow ruling that law allowing abortion of malformed foetuses is incompatible with constitution, Sat 24 Oct 2020 15.31 BST Elsewhere in Poland protesters gathered in main squares, outside PiS …  Bodnar said that the authorities' response to a demonstration depended on whether it was "liked by the authorities or not": right-wing demonstrations have not attracted a police response. , In late July, Stop Bzdurom placed rainbow flags and anarchist bandanas on statues of Nicolaus Copernicus, Józef Piłsudski, the Mermaid of Warsaw, and Jesus in Warsaw.  On 5 August, Margot, Madej, and another activist involved in the flag drapings were arrested for "insulting religious feelings and disrespecting Warsaw monuments", charged, and released after about 40 hours. The drivers know where the Stop Bzdurom activists live and target their place of residence. Bodnar added that he thought it was unnecessary to arrest so many people and that the excessive police actions "constituted abuse of human rights". There are already fewer than 2,000 legal abortions a year in Poland, and the vast majority take place because of malformed foetuses.  Some of those arrested reported being beaten by police and suffering injuries, questioned without a lawyer present, or denied medical treatment and water. LGBT rights supporters protest in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. The future is uncertain.  Margot was taken to Płock where she was held in solitary confinement and released on 28 August following an appeal by her lawyer.  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.  Former prime minister Donald Tusk tweeted, "Jesus has always been on the side of the weaker and the harmed, never on the side of the oppressive governments". , The events have been dubbed "Polish Stonewall" by some LGBT activists and media, in an analogy to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. Sat 24 Oct 2020 10.31 EDT Last modified on Sat 24 Oct 2020 14.37 EDT. 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". "Jeszcze tęczowa Polska nie zginęła! The police initially declined to arrest her, but later tried to do so and were physically, but non-violently blocked by activists. Włoch stał obok, dostał zarzuty i dozór policyjny", "KMPT wizytuje policyjne miejsca detencji po nocnych zatrzymaniach w Warszawie", "Polish Stonewall? Cher 'amazed' at lonely elephant rescue. According to Balkan Insight, "testimonies from the detained and their lawyers, as well as independent observers, point to a disproportionate response by the police, who arrested peaceful protesters and even random passers-by while acting violently". Protesters vented anger for a second day across Poland over the new abortion laws. (Omar Marques / Getty Images) Our new issue, “Failure Is an Option,” is out now.  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. Students protest in home villages Krok po kroku przypominamy, dlaczego doszło do zatrzymania aktywistki LGBT", "Homofobiczne auta i banery – jak reagować?  Not all LGBT people in Poland agree with Stop Bzdurom's tactics. 'A backlash against a patriarchal culture': How Polish protests go beyond abortion rights, Poland delays abortion ban as nationwide protests continue, Bagpipes and techno blast at Warsaw pro-choice march, but menace lurks, Pro-choice supporters hold biggest-ever protest against Polish government, Polish hospitals begin turning away women seeking abortions, Poland's abortion ban is a cynical attempt to exploit religion by a failing leader, Polish pro-choice protests continue with blockades and red paint, The price of choice – the fight over abortion in Poland | photo essay. "Rażąco nieproporcjonalna reakcja, "Ziobro zdumiony reakcją opozycji.  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.  On TOK FM radio station, lawyer Michal Wawrykiewicz stated: "The way the police behaved is incompatible with Polish law. 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. Trwa łapanka obrońców aktywistki LGBT", "Protest w Warszawie. " Campaign Against Homophobia reported that "The police were aggressively pushing the protesters out of the way, knocking people to the ground and holding them down with their boots".  A 13 August march in Leipzig was attended by 300 people, and Rainbow Slovakia activists hung a rainbow flag on the statue of John Paul II in Bratislava. A large crowd of LGBT rights supporters gathered in Warsaw on Saturday to protest the arrest of a … Some of them had rainbow emblems – bags, pins, flags.  Later, police visited the addresses of the arrestees, which a spokesperson for Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights [pl] said was unusual and unwarranted except for serious crime, and could be considered a form of police harassment. (Image: AP) 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. Two people sat on the hood of the police car while others blocked the path of the vehicle. 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".  Trzaskowski stated that the response to the protest was "grossly disproportionate". , To justify their actions, police later released a video of the mass arrest called "Through the eyes of the police", which did not show any violence on the part of the protesters. Nationwide protests Saturday were scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to vote 102 years ago. Hundreds of protestors had showed up, including left-wing MP Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, and the protest moved to another location in central Warsaw, around Krakowskie Przedmieście and Wilcza streets, before another group of plainclothes police tried to arrest Margot. Poland moves to near-total ban on abortion, sparking protests By Rob Picheta , Artur Osinski and Zahid Mahmood, CNN Updated 10:03 AM ET, Fri October 23, 2020  All except Margot were released later that weekend after spending the night in jail. The ruling has provoked an outcry from rights groups in and outside the deeply Catholic country of 38 million people. Published Dec. 7, 2020 Updated Dec. 10, 2020; Women have been at the heart of a protest movement that has grown and battled on Poland’s streets since October, ... gender and protest in Poland… Thousands of protesters vented fury across Poland over a top court ruling that declared abortions of fetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional, ... (@CommissionerHR) October 22, 2020. Demonstrators burned a rainbow flag—which counter-demonstrators stated was stolen from them—and shouted, "Away with deviation" and "How's Margot?" , On Sunday 16 August, nationalist demonstrators held a demonstration in Krakowskie Przedmieście, near the main gate of the University of Warsaw, called "Stop LGBT aggression" ("Przeciw agresji LGBT" or "Stop agresji LGBT"). Widespread protests have roiled Poland since Thursday, after the government imposed tighter restrictions on abortion. The ruling Law and Justice party ran an anti-LGBT campaign during the 2020 Polish presidential election. image caption It is the second night of protests in Poland. ... Beavers, burpees and bread: 2020's most-searched. , Some LGBT activists, including the collective "Stop Bzdurom" ("Stop Bullshit"), have adopted illegal direct action tactics due to frustration with what they see as increasing, state-sponsored attacks against them. The constitutional court’s verdict is in line with what Poland’s Roman Catholic episcopate and the governing rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party wanted. Photo: Getty Images. Credit: AP The decision means abortion is now only legal in cases …  The activists released a manifesto, stating, "As long as the rainbow scandalizes anybody and is treated as inappropriate we solemnly pledge to provoke".  The next day, thousands of mostly young people gathered in Warsaw to protest the arrests, using slogans such as "You will not lock all of us up! Activists pinned a rainbow flag to the Copernicus monument and criticized Trzaskowski for not attending the demonstration. His office had interviewed 33 of those arrested on 7 August 2020, and launched an investigation. , The week after the mass arrest, in Szczecin an activist was cited for carrying a sign stating "Jesus would walk with us", which was alleged to fall under the crime of "offending religious feelings". Ukradli kontrmanifestantom tęczową flagę, drugą spalili", "Tęczowa flaga w ogniu. ... 28 October 2020. Free' Are Denied E.U. , On 7 August 2020, a second judge granted an arrest warrant against Margot which provided for two months pre-trial detention, which was considered excessive and politically motivated by some LGBT rights supporters. Instrukcja", "What's Next for Poland's LGBTQ Activists After Violent Protests", "Heftige Proteste in Warschau – LGBT-Community nimmt Margots Verhaftung nicht hin", "In Poland, the Rainbow Flag Is Wrapped Up in a Broader Culture War", "Polish police arrest three for 'insulting religious feelings' after LGBT+ rights activists give Jesus statue Pride makeover", "Protesters Try to Block Detention of Polish LGBT Activist", "Polish police crack down on LGBTQ protesters", "Mass Arrest of LGBT People Marks Turning Point for Poland", "Jesteśmy zrozpaczeni, wściekli i dumni. " Former police commandant of Zgierz district, Iwona Lewandowska, stated that the response "ruined the image of the police". Margot. The ruling means abortions will only be allowed in instances of rape, incest or if there is a threat to the woman’s life. "Częstochowa: Demonstracja solidarności z Margot i LGBT zgromadziła na Placu Biegańskiego około 150 osób", "Zarzut gróźb karalnych dla uczestnika kontrmanifestacji w Sosnowcu", "Mieszkańcy Sosnowca w obronie osób LGBT. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also condemned the ruling. 6 Nov 2020 “I’m not asking that we forget about the conflict over abortion, but to put it aside for a better time,” he said Friday afternoon.. Ranks of police in riot gear barred their way. All but Margot were released later that weekend after spending the night in jail. Police confront protesters in front of the Education Ministry building in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday Nov. 23, 2020. 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. 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. The court has been reformed by the PiS government, and has since been accused of counting many judges loyal to the party in its ranks. W tle wyzwiska i ataki", "Das 'polnische Stonewall': Solidarität mit der LGBTI*-Community in Warschau", "[Opinion] Europe failing to protect LGBTI citizens", "Na sochu Jána Pavla II. Police detained several people as women-led protests …  Stop Bzdurom activists took a different approach, spray-painting the vans and breaking off their license plates. Wspólny strach o klimat", "Próbuje się nam wmówić, że to ludzie, a to jest po prostu ideologia", "Polish Towns That Declared Themselves 'L.G.B.T. Elsewhere in Poland protesters gathered in main squares, outside PiS premises or near churches. The demonstrations went ahead in defiance of a government ban on public gatherings imposed as part of measures designed to reduce the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country. ", "Poland: Stop Bzdurom, Queer struggle and the events of yesterday in Warsaw", "Wątpliwości i pytania ws. The protest, called Black Monday, opposes the tightening of anti-abortion laws by the Polish government. Protests against the ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in Glasgow, Scotland. , During the next week, solidarity demonstrations were held outside the Polish Institute in Berlin and in front of the Polish embassy in Budapest. Several MPs were in attendance: Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, Beata Maciejewska [pl], Małgorzata Prokop-Paczkowska [pl], Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, Anna Maria Żukowska, Katarzyna Ueberhan [pl], Magdalena Biejat [pl], Krzysztof Śmiszek, and Maciej Gdula (all from The Left) and Barbara Nowacka, Urszula Zielińska [pl], and Monika Rosa [pl] from Civic Coalition.  The action shocked some Polish Catholics, including Law and Justice Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who called the actions "desecration" and posted photographs of himself praying in front of the Jesus statue. 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.  However, Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro, of United Poland party, defended the police response and said "defense of banditry by politicians is unheard of".  Between 2019 and 2020, nearly 100 Polish municipalities and regions declared themselves "LGBT-free zones". , Over the weekend, solidarity demonstrations were also held in Kraków (300 people attended), Lublin, Wrocław, Rzeszów, Białowieża, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Łódź, Poznań, Tarnów, and Zielona Góra.  Warsaw's mayor, Rafał Trzaskowski, stated that he disapproved of the flag draping but criticized the arrests for violating the rule of law. People protest a ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal that imposed a near-total ban on abortion in Warsaw, Poland [Kacper Pempel/Reuters] 30 Oct 2020 facebook  Some protestors used civil disobedience to prevent this.  Some of the people outside Wilcza Street police station were also arrested.  She is accused of damaging a Fundacja Pro van in late June and assaulting the driver, for which she was arrested, charged, and released after the first judge to hear the case refused the prosecution's request for pre-trial detention. , "Policjanci eskortowali furgonetkę z homofobicznymi hasłami.  The protests in the United Kingdom were organized by members of the Polish diaspora. Reuters. Newspapers have hailed them "the biggest demonstrations since the fall of communism in 1989". ", More than 200 academics at universities in Poland and around the world signed a letter published on 12 August, including Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Roberto Esposito, and Jan Tomasz Gross. The protests continue in Poland. But those I interviewed are proud of their country and the people standing up to the government. Many of the banners and placards, bearing slogans such as “disgrace!” and “war on women”, also carried the red lightning image that has become a symbol of the protests. The police then arrested 48 people: Margot, protestors, and others who had not taken part in the demonstration.  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 same day, French MEP Pierre Karleskind stated that he had recruited 64 MEPs to refer the matter of the 7 August mass arrest to the European Commission because "The European Union cannot stand idly by in the face of this new provocation. Angered protesters block rush-hour traffic at a major roundabout on the fifth day of nationwide protests against a recent court ruling that tightened further ... Poland, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.  Dunja Mijatović, human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, called for Margot's immediate release, tweeting "Order to detain her for 2 months sends very chilling signal for #FreedomOfSpeech & #LGBT rights in #Poland". The signatories "express our deep concern about the unprecedented attack on the LGBT + community in Poland" and "call on the Polish authorities to release Małgorzata Szutowicz immediately and to guarantee the rights of LGBT + people". Opponents of the ruling have called for a referendum on the right to abort malformed foetuses, and some have announced they will block traffic nationwide on Monday. On 16 August, a right-wing demonstration was held in Warsaw opposing "LGBT aggression". ... Election 2020. 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. , After word got out of the arrests, sympathizers gathered outside the police stations to protest, and multiple parliamentarians, including Magdalena Filiks [pl] and Klaudia Jachira of Civic Coalition, visited the police stations to ensure that detainees' human rights were respected.  Margot was waiting at Campaign Against Homophobia's office in Warsaw to be arrested, but the police initially said that she would not be arrested. All rights reserved. A counter-demonstration was attended by The Greens MPs Marek Kossakowski [pl] and Małgorzata Tracz, as well as Civic Coalition's MP Franciszek Sterczewski and The Left MP Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk. According to a 2019 survey, 24% of Poles believe that the LGBT movement is the greatest threat facing their country. And finally, access to legal counsel was made difficult for the arrested.  On 15 August, a protest reportedly attended by 100 people was held outside the Polish embassy in London, as well as demonstrations in Manchester and Newcastle the same day, and in Bristol on 18 August. Undeterred, activists continue to block vans and drape rainbow flags despite others facing criminal charges for these actions. " Małgorzata Szutowicz, better known as Margot, is another member of Stop Bzdurom and Madej's partner. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appealed for people to stop protesting — on a day when Poland noted a record 21,628 COVID-19 cases. Czyli dlaczego słowa Godek i Bosaka są tak bardzo groźne", "Nationalists Are Angry that Poland Isn't Homophobic Enough", "Trzaskowski stanowczo o wydarzeniach w Warszawie. Mass demonstrations have exposed underlying anger at political and religious interference in people’s everyday lives, Anti-government rallies continue over court’s ruling to restrict access to terminations, Women’s rights protesters incensed by the country’s strict new laws clash with rightwing gangs in the Polish capital, About 100,00o people take to the streets of Warsaw to oppose tightened abortion law, Available for everyone, funded by readers. Trzaskowski for not attending the demonstration 25 ] some of poland protests 2020 had rainbow emblems –,... Pins, flags office had interviewed 33 of those arrested out now September... 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