Guest Gone Fishing... Posted October 27, 2020 Share Posted October 27, 2020 "You shouldn't have pissed us off." Poland blocked, crowd in Warsaw headed for TK [UPDATED] + 7k Traffic blocks all over Poland, crowds in the streets. The Women's Strike enters the next phase of resistance to the ban on abortion. OKO.press reporters are located in the streets of Warsaw, Białystok and Mrągowo. We'll keep you posted on what's going on throughout the evening. The text is updated Do you like OKO? Are you reading OKO? Support us so we can keep working. I SUPPORT >> 21:52, Warsaw. Part of the crowd moved to ul. Nowogrodzka, to the PiS headquarters , where the party is to be held. Anton Ambroziak reports that a large group of people gathered in front of the building: "People are sitting at stops, on road signs, on cars". Klementyna Suchanow speaks: “They thought it would pass, that it would be quiet in a moment. Unfortunately, it is not quiet. " The activist resembles an ultimatum - either the government will withdraw from plans to tighten the anti-abortion law by Wednesday, or "we will have to start imagining Poland without PiS". “On Tuesday, subversive actions, on Wednesday all of Poland stops, and on Friday everyone comes to Warsaw. Now let's play some music. " Techno resounds on Nowogrodzka Street. Hear horns and vuvuzelas. "There is oppression, and there is resistance," chant the protesters. One of the participants: “People seem to understand that it concerns them directly. Even if we don't win anything for ourselves, maybe we'll inspire someone? In 2016, our protests inspired Korean women to take to the streets en masse and to ease the abortion law. " In the meantime, the Prime Minister's order "on the use of soldiers of the Military Police to provide assistance to the police" was published in the Journal of Laws. It is to apply from Wednesday 28 October. The ruling authorities issued a similar document in the spring, when the gendarmerie was called in to help the policemen to keep an eye on epidemic restrictions. Some commentators fear that this time it could be used to suppress protests. “Of course we are afraid of COVID, but we want to continue to protest. We do not feel discouraged by the news about the gendarmes, ”they told Maciek Piasecki at ul. Nowogrodzka, Justyna and Marta. Michał Szczerba, MP from KO, is also on the spot. He announces that he will submit a motion to punish Robert Bąkiewicz. The head of the All-Polish Youth has been showing up in public without a mask for several days. "The police are not reacting" - regrets Szczerba. 20.42, Warsaw. On pl. Three Crosses has escalated. Flares and toilet paper were thrown at the nationalists gathered on the church steps from the crowd. Some of them jumped out from behind the police cordon and started catching people from the crowd. Police sprayed the gas. She then pushed the protesters away from the church. photo by Anton Ambroziak, OKO.press The nationalists throw bottles and stones at people from there. The protest responds the same. One of the demonstrators was arrested by the police. Protesters surround a police car, chanting, "We're not going without her," and "Let her go." They sit in the street to prevent the van from passing. Urszula Zielińska, an MP, appeared and is negotiating the release of the detainee. Anton Ambroziak: “One boy who was passing by accidentally got hit in the head with a bottle, it was a ricochet because a scuffle started. Several people have been hit hard with gas, they are being treated by the ambulance ”. The detained girl was taken to the police station at ul. Wilcza. The policemen explain that they recorded her throwing a firecracker at the policemen. Warsaw blockades are reported for OKO.press by Dominika Sitnicka, Anton Ambroziak and Hanna Szukalska. Due to problems with the Internet connection, it was initially impossible to report live on Facebook. "Three minutes. That was what the protesters in Warsaw at the De Gaulle roundabout needed to stop the traffic, ”says Ambroziak. Equally at At 4:00 p.m. a group of people ran onto the pedestrian crossing with banners, others blocked the tram tracks with bicycles. People lay down on the asphalt. There are also cars and buses adorned with women's strike posters, which support protesters with their horns. The crowd quickly thickens, familiar slogans appear and the drum beat. Red paint on the asphalt has the inscription "Get out". Topless participants jump on cars and chant "Fuck PiS", waving the flags of the Women's Strike. Smoke candles appear - gray and pink. People are dancing. photo by Hanna Szukalska, OKO.press photo by Hanna Szukalska, OKO.press "Because we're fucking fed up," replies Anton Ambroziak to one of the protesters, when asked why she is taking part in the blockade. “We are fed up with the fact that the Church, the episcopate, the government, and all forms of authority enter into our private affairs. We say a categorical "no," we have said for a long time, and now we are firm. Get the fuck out of our lives, take care of yourself. " Aleje Jerozolimskie in both directions are blocked - from de Gaulle roundabout, through Dmowski roundabout, to the Central Railway Station. There is also the Poniatowski Bridge. Hanna Szukalska: “The drivers are not nervous about the protest. The horns are heard from cars with stuck posters. Very positive reception. " Not only Warsaw is protesting. Locks from 16:00 are held all over Poland. Maciek Piasecki is at a protest in Białystok, Mikołaj Maluchnik in Mrągowo. Car, bicycle and pedestrian Anton Ambroziak from Rondo Dmowskiego in Warsaw: “The family - parents and a child are standing at the bus stop. First they applaud. Their son, about 13 years old, encourages them to join. At first they are reluctant, but in the end they say: "Ok, let's go with them". There is the ONZ roundabout and ul. Świętokrzyska, as well as al. John Paul II. Anton moves towards the Radosława roundabout, on the border of the Center and Żoliborz. Our reporters and reporters ask participants what they think about the criticism of Sunday's churches. “I understand that some people do not agree that we enter into religious rites, they treat it as their very private matter. But we were not the first to enter our life with shoes. We respond to their actions ”- they explain. photo by Hanna Szukalska, OKO.press When asked about the purpose of the protest, they answer without hesitation: “Abortion on demand. Safe, legal, free. Always. From now. Forever. End of compromise. " People move through the Center, walk along the streets and on the tracks. Some of them sit on the road. Many protest slogans written with chalk and spray on the asphalt. Psychologist, protesting on the second day: "Having a child who is about to die or is already dead is associated with mourning, it can take up to a year. Nobody talks about the mental health of these women or how to help women. I do not agree to that as a woman and as a specialist. " Our reporters pay attention to the mobility of the protests. Dominika Sitnicka: “We have already walked many kilometers since Thursday, in Warsaw itself. Pandemically, it's a pretty good idea, it's safer this way. Mokotów, Żoliborz, Prague, Wola More reports of blocked districts. There is the Łazienkowski Bridge, and the Unii Lubelskiej Square. There is Rondo Radosława and pl. Wilsona, Wisłostrada, Rondo Wolnego Tibetu in Warsaw's Wola district. Protest at the Tibet Roundabout in Warsaw's Wola district. Entire intersection blocked, all cars stationary. @PolsatNewsPL pic.twitter.com/XqlKX802s8 - Grzegorz Łaguna (@GrzegorzLaguna) October 26, 2020 The intersection at the Vilnius Railway Station, Praga Północ. Anton Ambroziak: "The driver of the stopped 519 bus, smiling from ear to ear, gives the protesters a thumbs up." A group of motorcyclists drive through the de Gaulle roundabout amidst the sound of horns. They are also participants in the blockade, they came from Washington Roundabout. One of the protesters: “The right to choose is extremely important. I have been going to manifes for years, I did not expect this law to be tightened. I hope people will have the energy to continue the protests in the coming days. ” Anton Ambroziak, who is cruising around the city on a bicycle: "I pass two groups of several hundred who are heading from the Center to Kaczyński's house." Reporters report that on ul. Puławska, a driver tried to run over one of the protesters, there were riots. Similar incidents took place in Muranów, Bielany and at Dworzec Wileński. They are injured. The blockades stopped traffic at the Lotnik's monument, on ul. Modlińska, Białołęka. One of the activists on Facebook reports that there were clashes between protesters and a group of nationalists at Rondo Wiatraczna (Praga-Południe). People from the de Gaulle roundabout go to the Constitutional Tribunal. "Kaja Godek, get the fuck out" - chants the crowd. The taxi drivers join the protesters. They also block the passage, horns are heard everywhere. The ONR police in pl. Three Crosses Brutal incidents took place in pl. Three Crosses. A group of nationalists sprayed gas and battered activist Klementyna Suchanow, who was painting the sidewalk. Nationalists took refuge on the steps of the church, one of them has a Celtic cross on a chimney-cup, a symbol commonly associated with the fascist movement. Among them is Robert Bąkiewicz, the head of the All-Polish Youth - with a rosary in his hand and without a mask. They are separated from the protesting nationalists by a double police cordon. photo by Hanna Szukalska, OKO.press photo by Dominika Sitnicka, OKO.press "God is not with you!", "All of Poland is ashamed of you!", "Shame" and "We remember Białystok" - chant the participants of the blockade. The latter is a reference to the Equality March in Białystok, during which fans and nationalists attacked rainbow demonstrators. Nationalists sing religious songs and "Rota". Dominika Sitnicka: “These are not the typical scenes of today's protests. Most of them were blockades of peace. It was only when the nationalists showed up that it escalated. John Lennon's "Imagine" and Abby's "Dancing Queen" play over the protesters. Meanwhile, on the Łazienkowska Route, a group of men tried to tow one of the cars blocking the passage on their own. They strapped the car with a towing belt, poured glue or something flammable over it, tried to pull it to the side. Unsuccessfully. Poznań, Łódź, Białystok, Mrągowo Huge crowds gathered once again on pl. Wolności in Poznań, the protesters a moment before At 8.00 p.m. they went for a walk: to the seat of the local PiS and to the Curia. Earlier, demonstrators blocked the city center, gathering e.g. at the Kaponiera roundabout. Once again, thousands of people on the streets in Białystok. Among others, square Andrzej Piotr Lussy. Our reporter, Maciek Piasecki, was there. “The protesters were supported by the sound of the driver's horns. In the crowd you could see mainly young women, but there were also men of all ages, seniors, families with children, ”Piasecki writes. “I was afraid to go to the Sunday demonstration after my purse was ripped out during the Equality March. However, at the demonstration I saw many fans yesterday, ”one of the demonstrators told him. Many of our interlocutors admitted that they had not participated in street protests before, some of them had come from nearby towns to participate in the blockade. The demonstrators were surprised by the modest number of police, but there was no aggression. Only the priest passing the procession, as he headed for the market square, knocked ostentatiously on the head. The main arteries of the city were also blocked in Łódź, and then the crowd moved towards the Cathedral. Crowds also gathered in Garwolin, Kraków, Gdańsk, Zakopane and dozens of other cities . In Gdańsk - as reported by Gazeta Wyborcza - the priest used the loudspeakers to say the prayer "Our Father" in the intention of "freeing the protesting women from Satan". About 500 people protested in Mrągowo with a population of 20,000. They blocked the Kresowiaków roundabout. Katarzyna Piekarska, a deputy from the Left, was there. "The organizer is a 15-year-old boy, he did not want to talk to us, he was afraid of problems at school," reports Mikołaj Maluchnik. People of all ages took part in the protest. They went around the roundabout, walking on the pavement, blocking pedestrian crossings every now and then. Public transport bus drivers joined them and greeted them with horns. Maluchnik: “The policemen, who were very numerous, were protecting the protesters. Everything took place in a good atmosphere. When one woman was honking the roundabout, the officers only instructed her. The current students and teachers greeted each other, someone was promised a plus for their presence at the blockade, someone even a five ”. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.