Protests against ruling on abortion conclude across Poland

Monday protests against the ruling of the Constitutional Court which deemed abortion illegal on grounds other than rape, incest or a threat to the mother’s life has concluded in numerous Polish cities.

As a part of the "Roadblock" campaign, streets and intersections in most Polish cities were blocked by tens of thousands of demonstrators. Protests were held, among others, in Lublin, Zakopane, Nowy Targ, Szczecin, Białystok, Kielce, Płock, Rzeszów and Poznań. The largest manifestation was held in Warsaw.

Groups of protesters congregated mostly on roundabouts, causing significant disruptions to traffic.

In some cities, car drivers stood up in solidarity with the protesters and honked their horns. The participants carried banners with anti-government slogans and criticising the Constitutional Court ruling.

The vast majority of the protests proceeded without major incidents, without police interventions. In Lublin, the police detained a 56-year-old man who will most likely be charged with assaulting a police officer.

Archbishop Wojciech Polak called for mutual respect and respect for churches. During Sunday’s wave of protests, demonstrators entered churches in several places. In Poznań, they interrupted the mass at the cathedral.

"I am asking for mutual respect, that we should not cross certain borders, for respect for each other, for the holy places, for our churches. I am asking for them to be places of reconciliation and unity", he concluded.

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