Warsaw, Poland (AP)-The entire population of Poland has vowed to stop work on Wednesday in protest against a ruling by the National Supreme Court that prohibits abortion in cases of congenital fetal injury.
The nationwide strike took place among angry crowds, and the deadlock between them continued to deepen. They have been taking to the streets in the ruling, while the Conservative government in Poland vowed not to back down.
The Constitutional Court’s ruling last Thursday has triggered large-scale daily protests in this Central European country (38 million in total). These protests exposed the deep divisions of the country’s long-standing conservative Catholic fortress, which is now experiencing a rapid society change.
The ruling angered the Roman Catholic Church and the country’s most powerful politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, which would deny legal abortions to women even when they are certain to have children.
In order to take actions that were unimaginable before, women entered the church on Sunday to disturb the masses, causing the clergy to face the obscene and spray-painted church buildings.
Kaczynski accused the demonstrators of seeking to “destroy Poland”
Speaking on a camera backed by the Polish flag, he said that some critics compared it to the infamous martial law of 1981 by Communist Party leader Wojciech Jaruzelski to combat anti-rebellion. The regime protests.
Some people think that his words are inciting violence, because the 71-year-old he is the deputy prime minister responsible for the police and security services.
On Sunday, members of some far-right groups and football fans surrounded the church to defend them, and in some cases caused skirmishes between protesters and the police.
Szymon Holownia, the founder of a new centrist political movement, said that Kaczynski, in the name of “defending the church, would set fire to the country and drown it in blood.” in.”
Bartosz Weglarczyk, editor of the news portal Onet, believes that Kaczynski is actually allowing hooligans and far-right extremists to “beat street people.”
Kaczynski insisted that this was a mass of protesters who risked their lives during the pandemic.
The conservative rulers tried to portray the protesters as fascists.
“Left-wing fascism is destroying Poland,” national television wrote in the headlines on Tuesday.
Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said on Wednesday that “the police will take “decisive action” in the face of further attempts to further aggression and profanity announced by protest leaders and organizers.
He said that 76 people were detained in connection with the church protests, and the prosecutor is handling 101 cases.
Even with the rapid spread of the coronavirus, people are still taking to the streets in large numbers. In the past day, there were a record 18,820 new cases and 236 new deaths.
At the same time, farmers’ protests have increased social tensions. Farmers are angry with the government’s proposal for a new animal welfare bill, which they say will harm their economy.
The main organizer of the protests in the past week, “Women’s Strike”, called for a strike under the slogan: “We will not work.”
Polish media reported that some university courses were cancelled, and the mayors of Warsaw and Krakow also supported calls for workers to give up their jobs.