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(en) Germany, FAU: Solidarity with the strikers in Poland (de)

Date Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:18:42 +0200

After the Constitutional Court in Poland last October banned abortions in case of a severe foetal malformation and thus de facto completely, the decision - which was at the time praised by the Polish episcopate - was now published in the Journal of Laws on Wednesday and thus had legal force. There were already less than 2,000 legally performed abortions each year, and now even more Polish women and queers will be forced to terminate their pregnancies illegally (with all the associated health risks) or to do so abroad. ---- Then again, massive protests broke out throughout the country. In Warsaw, several thousand demonstrators marched in front of the court building and the PiS headquarters. Hundreds of people were surrounded in front of the Constitutional Court, held for hours in temperatures below freezing and without access to sanitary facilities. After protesters entered the premises, state television spun a yarn "Does the left want their Capitol?". Further actions are planned also in the coming days, with a central mass demonstration taking place in the capital last Friday.

Dear Strikers in Poland,

we continue to be by your side in solidarity and support your protest against the constant inhumane treatment of women and LGBTIQ+ and the restriction of not only their, but also the fundamental rights of all those who do not conform to the nationalist, patriarchal and right-wing Catholic ideas of the ruling class. Like our sister union, the Inicjatywa Pracownicza, we think that the struggle for workers' rights, for a society free of domination, must be waged not only in the field of better conditions at work and higher wages, but also in the field of social security and health protection. As a feminist trade union, we also focus on the conditions of unpaid work and reproductive rights.

We see your anger, which has caught young people in particular and is directed not only against the ruling PiS party, but also against the institution of the church, which until now has been considered sacrosanct. According to surveys, over 70% of people in Poland are against tightening abortion laws. In this context, we are also pleased that the city council of Nowa Deba (Subcarpathian Voivodeship) has now repealed the decision to declare itself an LGBT-free zone.

We wish you much strength and perseverance for your struggle and solidarity in the face of the repression to be expected from a police force that all too often acts with impunity and which hit you in Warsaw on Wednesday night, among other things.

"Kiedy panstwo mnie nie chroni, mojej siostry bede bronic!" (When the state does not protect me, I will defend my sister!)

FAU International Committee, 1 February 2021

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