Polish pro-choice protests continue with blockades and red paint (The Guardian)

Photograph: Grzegorz Żukowski via Flickr

Thousands of protesters turned out in towns and cities across Poland on Monday as a political crisis sparked by an impending near total ban on abortion showed no sign of abating.

Drivers created a series of blockades in city centres and thousands of people marched to express their anger at a ruling by Poland’s constitutional tribunal that, if implemented, would ban terminations even in instances where a foetus is diagnosed with a serious and irreversible birth defect.

In Warsaw, activists poured red paint across the Łazieńkowski Bridge. According to the All-Poland Women’s Strike, which is coordinating the actions, protests were held in more than 150 towns and cities in Poland, as well as elsewhere in Europe.

You can read my report for the Guardian here.

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