said 22-year-old Kamil Wencwel. The police and military have brought in reinforcements as crowds of people gather in the Polish capital from all over the country for the biggest demonstration of the week to protest against a court ruling on abortion. The protest on Friday is the eighth consecutive day of anti-abortion law activism since the constitutional court closed one of the few remaining grounds for abortion on October 22. On 9 November, protests in Warsaw included protests against the new Minister of Science and Education, Przemysław Czarnek, with slogans including "We want education not indoctrination" and "Czarnek, go to hell" (Polish: Czarnek, idź do diabła, lit. Thousands of Polish nationalists march to the U.S. Embassy, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, May 11, 2019. 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.. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. He also said the U.S. recognizes that Poland was a victim of the war and is not dictating how Warsaw regulates compensation. Market data provided by Factset. Thousands of Polish nationalists march to the U.S. Embassy, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, May 11, 2019. It is now only legal for an abortion to take place in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. The protests in Warsaw target U.S. law S. 447, also known as the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (or JUST) Act. Young people take part in a massive protest against the conservative government, the latest angry demonstration triggered by a recent tightening of the abortion law, in Warsaw… One couple wore matching T-shirts reading "death to the enemies of the fatherland," while another man wore a shirt saying: "I will not apologize for Jedwabne" — a massacre of Jews by their Polish neighbors in 1941 under the German occupation. Poland, Warsaw Representatives of nationalist groups are holding a protest through the streets of Warsaw on Wednesday, November 11, to mark Polish Independence Day. It was the first case of a […] 1 of 4 Police use tear gas against an opposition lawmaker, Barbara Nowacka, as protesters block a major thoroughfare in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020. Photographer: Omar Marques/Getty Images Women’s groups are ramping up protests … Police and military reinforcements were drafted in to secure the city in the anticipation that local police forces will be stretched. All rights reserved. Polish media estimates put the Warsaw protest at 15,000 people, despite restrictions that limit public gathering at 10 in the capital. “We will keep an eye on those places where the law has so far been broken, property destroyed, and inscriptions painted on the facades of churches. People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Poland was the heartland of European Jewish life before the Holocaust, with most of the 3.3 million Polish Jews murdered by occupying Nazi German forces. The movement is polling well with young Polish men. An October 22 … It also comes as far-right groups are gaining in popularity, pressuring the conservative government to move further to the right. But Jewish organizations, particularly the World Jewish Restitution Organization, have been seeking compensation for Holocaust survivors and their families, consider compensation a matter of justice for a population that was subjected to genocide. "Americans only think about Jewish and not Polish interests.". Thousands of Polish nationalists have marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, protesting that the U.S. is putting pressure on Poland to compensate Jews whose families lost property during the Holocaust. “We will keep an eye on those places where the law has so far been broken, property destroyed, and inscriptions painted on the facades of churches. The protest in Warsaw was the culmination of nine days of nationwide protests since a court ruling on October 22 deemed abortion due to fetal … Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. We expect the largest protest since the announcement of the Constitutional Tribunal's verdict and we are preparing for it,” said Warsaw Chief of Police, Sylwester Marczak. However, much of the march proceeded peacefully and even in a festive spirit, with people dancing as vans blared music. 01:29. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki echoed the feelings of the protesters at a campaign rally Saturday, saying that it is Poles who deserve compensation. A large crowd of LGBT rights supporters gathered in Warsaw on Saturday to protest the arrest of a transgender activist who had carried out acts of civil disobedience against rising homophobia in Poland. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Poland is the only European Union country that hasn't passed laws regulating the compensation of looted or national property, and the head of the WJRO, Gideon Taylor, noted Saturday that such property "continues to benefit the Polish economy. ... live events and ready-to-use content: Telegram t.me/ruptlybot. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. Share this story! People block a street near the house of Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski during a protest against imposing further restrictions on abortion in Warsaw, Poland October 23, 2020. Up to 100,000 people have marched through downtown Warsaw to the house of Poland's ruling party leader in what women's rights activists say was the largest demonstration in nine days of protests against a near-total ban on abortions in Poland. All rights reserved. Market data provided by Factset. The T-shirts read in Polish "This is Poland not Polin" (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski). ", At least two U.S. Confederate flags were visible at Saturday's protest, which began with a rally in front of the prime minister's office before the protesters walked to the U.S. Embassy. Poland is facing one of the biggest protest … Police used pepper spray to … With pressure building on this issue, the U.S. State Department's new envoy on anti-Semitism, Elan Carr, was in Warsaw this past week, telling leaders and media that the U.S. is only urging Poland to fulfil a non-binding commitment it made in 2009 to act on the issue. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. and "This is Poland, not Polin," using the Hebrew word for Poland. That number is due to go down to five from Saturday. Several hundred people gathered in front of Poland’s Constitutional Court and marched towards the residence of the Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the country’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), to protest a court decision that essentially outlaws abortion. 'Czarnek, go to the devil'). Legal Statement. Demonstrations have escalated throughout the week, with tens of thousands flooding the capital and other cities on Thursday. Poles from across the nation gathered in the capital on Friday evening to oppose a court ruling that introduced a near-total ban on abortion in the mainly Catholic country. Men in Native American headdress held a banner with a message pointing to what they see as U.S. double standards: 'USA, Practice 447 at home. Think your friends would be interested? Jennifer Castillo and her son, Maurice Carson III, came from Nappanee for the demonstration. Warsaw police said they detained around a dozen people. All rights reserved. WARSAW (Sputnik) - Poland's feminist organization Strajk Kobiet (Women's Strike) has organized a protest in downtown Warsaw on Saturday to draw public attention to the decision of Poland's Constitutional Court to outlaw abortions and to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of women's suffrage in the country, a Sputnik correspondent reported. Download. On Tuesday, opposition politicians led by Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus of the Lewica (Left) party, took to the floor of parliament wearing masks and T-shirts bearing the lightning bolt symbol of the 'Women's Strike' movement. WARSAW – Upward of 90 people – a mostly young and diverse crowd – came together in Central Park Saturday afternoon for an overwhelmingly peaceful protest supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Nationwide protests Saturday were scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to vote 102 years ago. i have no words, this is happening now in warsaw pic.twitter.com/hBoxBZtLLg. Marches to mark the day have been organised since 2008, with thousands attending annually, but this year a motorcade march is also being held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski criticized the protestors on Tuesday and called on people to defend the nation’s churches at all costs. Tens of thousands of people marched Friday through downtown Warsaw to the house of Poland's ruling party leader in what women's rights activists planned as … Activists from environmental and feminist groups joined forces at a protest near the office of the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw on Wednesday. Protesters said paying compensation would ruin Poland's economy. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. They added that 35 penalty tickets have been issued and 89 applications "for punishment" have been submitted to … People take part in a protest against the ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, in Warsaw, Poland, October 30, 2020. WARSAW, Poland -- Women's rights activists who have led weeks of protests over a restrictive abortion ruling in Poland are calling on people to join nationwide demonstrations against police violence on Saturday. They also held up placards saying, “this is war” and “legalize abortion.”. We expect the largest protest since the announcement of the Constitutional Tribunal's verdict and we are preparing for it,” said Warsaw Chief of Police, Sylwester Marczak. Many Poles to this day have a feeling that their suffering has not been adequately acknowledged by the world, while that of Jewish suffering in the Holocaust has, creating what has often been called a "competition of victimhood.". Warsaw Police said of the 15 detained protesters, one has been released. People protest against the court ruling on tightening the abortion law in Warsaw on Oct. 23. The protest took place amid a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic hate speech in public life in Poland and it appeared to be one of the largest anti-Jewish street demonstrations in recent times. A demonstration organised by the National Women's Strike under the slogan "March on Warsaw" began in the capital on Friday at 5:00 pm. © Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”, 2005–2020. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. People face a riot police line during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. 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