Third night of mass protests in Poland against abortion ban

Thousands have protested for a third consecutive night in Warsaw on Friday and other parts of Poland after the country’s rightwing government implemented a court ruling imposing a near-total ban on abortion, AFP reported. Protesters have defied coronavirus restrictions and sub-zero temperatures to rally after the controversial judgment was given legal force on Wednesday.

Thousands have protested for a third consecutive night in Warsaw on Friday and other parts of Poland after the country’s rightwing government implemented a court ruling imposing a near-total ban on abortion, AFP reported. Protesters have defied coronavirus restrictions and sub-zero temperatures to rally after the controversial judgment was given legal force on Wednesday.

In Warsaw, they waved Polish and gay rainbow flags and brandished the red lightning symbol used by Women’s Strike – the main organisation behind the protests. “My body, my choice”, “The revolution has a uterus” and “You have blood on your hands” read some of the placards at the protest.

Thousands also took to the streets in Warsaw and other major cities on Wednesday, and on Thursday several protesters were arrested after entering the perimeter of the Constitutional court, which issued the ruling.

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