Warsaw blocked by “Women's Strike”

For the second time, some of the most important communication points in the capital were blocked on Monday as part of the campaign organized by the Polish Women's Strike. Impassable was, among others, Trasa Łazienkowska in the vicinity of Plac na Rozdrożu and the de Gaulle roundabout.

According to the information provided by the National Women's Strike in social media, other blockades included Dmowskiego roundabout and Washington roundabout.

The Łazienkowska route in the vicinity of Na Rozdrożu Square was blocked in both directions by several cars. There were also over a dozen people holding a banner with the Women's Strike logo and chanting slogans, incl. "I think, feel, decide." Some people fired flares. The demonstrators allowed only ambulances to pass. The strikers unblocked one lane after the police intervened.

Similar demonstrations took place in several other cities, including Kraków, Wrocław, Katowice and Sopot.

Monday is another day of protests related to the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which was passed on Thursday, October 22. It ruled that the provision authorizing abortion in the case of a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable life-threatening disease was inconsistent with the constitution. The justification indicated that human life is a value at every stage of development, and as a value derived from constitutional provisions, it should be protected by the legislator.

The judgment of the Constitutional Court has still not been published in the Journal of Laws, although the information provided by the Government Legislation Center shows that the publication should take place on Monday at the latest.