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The protests on Wednesday and Thursday were triggered by the publication of the justification for the verdict of the Constitutional Tribunal which practically banned abortion in Poland.
On Thursday at 7 pm, protesters gathered in front of the Constitutional Tribunal. They spilled red paint on the pavement and on the officers' boots and threw firecrackers onto the Tribunal's courtyard. Three people climbed over the gates and were immediately detained. Among them was one of the protest leaders, Klementyna Suchanow.
The organizers announced that the Thursday protest will last only two hours, after which the protesters would disperse. The police did not allow this - they cordoned off the protesters and did not allow them to leave the area unless they showed their IDs and got served with a petition for punishment. Before 2 a.m., police began to forcibly carry the protesters out of the cordon one by one and demand their identification or face detention. The last few dozen people formed a circle by holding their arms together. The policemen separated them by force.
The detained protesters were taken to police stations in distant locations away from Warsaw, including to Mińsk Mazowiecki, a small town an hour's drive from the capital. That is where Suchanow was taken. A solidarity protest was quickly organized by the local townspeople at night after the news of Suchanow's detention broke. She remains in custody and is scheduled to be questioned on Friday at 10 am.
The Szpila Collective, which provides legal aid to detainees, reported that police detained 13 people during the night, three of whom were released by 2 a.m. Linus Lewandowski, a well-known LGBT+ activist, was released at 5am. He was taken by police to Wołomin (30 km from Warsaw).
According to Szpila, an ambulance had to be called to one of the detainees after she was beaten by police. Based on the information received from her relatives, an officer broke her nose. We were unable to reach the Capital Police Headquarters spokesperson on Friday morning, and so we are still waiting for an official confirmation from the authorities.
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