Marta Lempart, one of leaders of Women’s Strik, the key organization beyond the protests, holds a flare during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. "Why should we have to pay money today when nobody gives us anything?" 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. Polish police came under criticism on … That number is due to go down to five from Saturday. Police used pepper spray to … 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. WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police detained several people and charged a female photojournalist with assaulting a police officer as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again on Monday in Poland. and "This is Poland, not Polin," using the Hebrew word for Poland. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! or redistributed. "Americans only think about Jewish and not Polish interests.". Messenger m.me/ruptly. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki echoed the feelings of the protesters at a campaign rally Saturday, saying that it is Poles who deserve compensation. All rights reserved. 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. 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. Share this story! 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. WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police carried off protesters blocking a street in Poland's capital Monday, the 19th straight day of nationwide anti-government protests that were triggered by … WARSAW, Poland – Thousands of Polish nationalists marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Saturday, protesting that the U.S. is putting pressure on Poland to compensate Jews whose families lost property during the Holocaust. 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. They added that 35 penalty tickets have been issued and 89 applications "for punishment" have been submitted to … Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. The protesters included far-right groups and their supporters. Huge crowds turned out to protest in the Polish capital, Warsaw, against a near-total ban on abortion, making it one of the largest demonstrations seen in the country in decades. Thousands of Polish nationalists march to the U.S. Embassy, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, May 11, 2019. 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. Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski criticized the protestors on Tuesday and called on people to defend the nation’s churches at all costs. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding. Legal Statement. An 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. People face a riot police line during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Live; Europe ... Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Warsaw Police said of the 15 detained protesters, one has been released. Nationwide protests Saturday were scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to vote 102 years ago. Christian Poles were also targeted by the Germans, killed in massacres and in concentration camps. Polish media estimates put the Warsaw protest at 15,000 people, despite restrictions that limit public gathering at 10 in the capital. 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. Earlier in the week, activists interrupted Sunday mass, holding pro-abortion banners and staging sit-ins. Police and military reinforcements were drafted in to secure the city in the anticipation that local police forces will be stretched. i have no words, this is happening now in warsaw pic.twitter.com/hBoxBZtLLg. People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Protesters in Warsaw began the march by symbolically changing the name of Roman Dmowski Roundabout to "Women's Rights Roundabout." 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. Friday’s protest, organized by the National Women's Strike, is reported to be the biggest in a weeklong spate of activism, with men and women coming together under the slogan “March to Warsaw.”, Płac Bankowy teraz! Market data provided by Factset. This website uses cookies. The protests are scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to … Read RT Privacy policy to find out more. Protesters said paying compensation would ruin Poland's economy. Poland was a major victim of Nazi Germany during World War II and those protesting say it is not fair to ask Poland to compensate Jewish victims when Poland has never received adequate compensation from Germany. Many of the properties of both Jews and non-Jews were destroyed during the war or were looted and later nationalized by the communist regime that followed. 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 … The protesters shouted "no to claims!" They also held up placards saying, “this is war” and “legalize abortion.”. 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… Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. 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 … Rafal Pankowski, a sociologist who heads the anti-extremist group Never Again, called the march "probably the biggest openly anti-Jewish street demonstration in Europe in recent years.". ... live events and ready-to-use content: Telegram t.me/ruptlybot. Weeks of protests … It was the first case of a […] It is now only legal for an abortion to take place in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. 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. 01:29. 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. *MORE TO FOLLOW* Sign Up to get full script access. Asian women achieve higher median income than WHITE MEN, blowing identity politics out of water, France’s all-powerful state is as powerless against violent Islamism as it is against the coronavirus, At least 22 people dead in Turkey after 7.0 quake hits Aegean Sea, 2 dead as Aegean quake destroys church, sends mini tsunami toward Greek Island of Samos (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). Protesters, including far-right groups and their supporters, say the United States has no right to interfere in Polish affairs and that the U.S. government is putting "Jewish interests" over the interests of Poland. 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. 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. Protesters set off from three points in the city: Castle Square, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and Zawiszy Square. Among those far-right politicians who led the march were Janusz Korwin-Mikke and Grzegorz Braun, who have joined forces in a far-right coalition standing in the elections to the European Parliament later this month. 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.". “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. All rights reserved. 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 movement is polling well with young Polish men. 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. That number is due to go down to five from Saturday. 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. He also said the U.S. recognizes that Poland was a victim of the war and is not dictating how Warsaw regulates compensation. All rights reserved. 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.. Thousands of Polish nationalists have marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, … 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. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. The demonstrations are part of what has evolved into Poland's largest protest movement since communism fell in the country 30 years ago. It was signed into law by President Donald Trump last year and requires the State Department to report to Congress on the state of restitution of Jewish property stolen in the Holocaust in dozens of countries. Polish media estimates put the Warsaw protest at 15,000 people, despite restrictions that limit public gathering at 10 in the capital. WARSAW, Poland — (AP) — Warsaw's mayor on Thursday criticized police for using tear gas on mostly female protesters at the latest in a string of women-led protests against a top court ruling restricting abortion. Poland, Warsaw Representatives of nationalist groups are holding a protest through the streets of Warsaw on Wednesday, November 11, to mark Polish Independence Day. Legal Statement. 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. ", 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. said 22-year-old Kamil Wencwel. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. pic.twitter.com/fQzFWJmiVO, Warsaw abortion law protests rn pic.twitter.com/bKUy3bruJ1. Stopping Jewish restitution claims has been one of their key priorities, along with fighting what they call pro-LGBT "propaganda." Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. 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. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. 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. People protest against the court ruling on tightening the abortion law in Warsaw on Oct. 23. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Thousands also took to the streets in the cities of Poznan, Wroclaw and Krakow, footage from private broadcaster TVN showed. The protests were triggered by an Oct. 22 ruling by Poland’s constitutional court that abortion in cases of severe fetal deformities was unconstitutional. 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. 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. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Download. However, much of the march proceeded peacefully and even in a festive spirit, with people dancing as vans blared music. 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. “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. Photographer: Omar Marques/Getty Images Women’s groups are ramping up protests … Soon after the protest in Warsaw began, police arrived and forcibly removed people, including photojournalist Agata Grzybowska. 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. Poland’s feminist organization Strajk Kobiet has organized a protest in downtown Warsaw on Saturday to draw public attention to the decision of Poland’s Constitutional Court to outlaw abortions. The protests in Warsaw target U.S. law S. 447, also known as the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (or JUST) Act. 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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. Demonstrations have escalated throughout the week, with tens of thousands flooding the capital and other cities on Thursday. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. They said the United States has no right to interfere in Polish affairs and that the U.S. government is putting "Jewish interests" over the interests of Poland. LGBT rights supporters protest in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Think your friends would be interested? © Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”, 2005–2020. Return stolen lands to the descendants of native tribes.". 'Czarnek, go to the devil'). It also comes as far-right groups are gaining in popularity, pressuring the conservative government to move further to the right. Thousands of Polish nationalists march to the U.S. Embassy, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, May 11, 2019. The T-shirts read in Polish "This is Poland not Polin" (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski). Nationwide protests Saturday were scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to vote 102 years ago. Poland is facing one of the biggest protest … Warsaw police said they detained around a dozen people. Market data provided by Factset. Jennifer Castillo and her son, Maurice Carson III, came from Nappanee for the demonstration. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. 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. People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. '' using the Hebrew word for Poland around a dozen people and ready-to-use content: t.me/ruptlybot! 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