Polish Women Hold Nationwide Strike Against Abortion Ban

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Warsaw (AFP) – Tens of thousands of black-clad women protested across Poland Monday against a proposed near-total abortion ban in the devoutly Catholic country, where the law is already among the most restrictive in Europe.

Protesters flooded central squares in major Polish cities for the “Women strike” campaign, as solidarity protests sprang up in European capitals including Berlin, London and Paris, among others.

Organisers used social media to launch the country-wide action — one of the largest-ever pro-choice events in Poland — urging women to stay away from work and school to attend street protests.

Earlier around 2,000 people rallied outside the Warsaw headquarters of the governing rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party, forming a “wall of fury” human chain, an AFP journalist saw.

French actress Juliette Binoche joined protesters in Krakow, tweeting out a picture of herself holding a poster with the campaign’s #Blackprotest hashtag. Yahoo News


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