Demos in Poland are domain of the middle class: researcher

Dr Piotr Kocyba from the Institute of Philosophy of the Polish Academy of Sciences is coordinating a project monitoring participants in Polish Demos.

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Dr Piotr Kocyba from the Institute of Philosophy of the Polish Academy of Sciences is coordinating a project monitoring the view of participants in Polish demonstrations. The participants were surveyed via detailed questionnaire surveys He talked to Poland IN about the project’s findings.

Dominance by middle class and the well educated

According to the findings of the projects most demonstrators are well to do and highly educated people. This reflects the fact that those engaged in politics tend to be middle class graduates.

Even the annual Independence March of 11 November, an event associated with the political right, fitted into this pattern. At last year’s mass 250,000 strong centenary march nearly 70 percent of the participants were graduates and this year that figure was still above 50 percent.

Policing and legislation did not figure as being controversial in responses to the surveys of the demonstrations. The demonstration climate in Poland was on the whole peaceful.

Demonstrations in Poland have on occasion influenced policy and legislation. This was the case the women’s black protest against the tightening up of abortion legislation and the protests that erupted over the Polish government’s backing for the EU’s ACTA, an attempt to restrict internet users access to copyrighted material.

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