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Dorota Łoboda is a Civic Coalition member of the Warsaw city council. She is one of the leading figures in the Parents Against Education Reform movement, as well as a key member of the Congress of Women Association. Recently, she has been actively supporting the Women's Strike movement and openly criticizing the politicized Constitutional Court’s decision to limit Polish women’s access to abortion.

"You’re signing your own death warrant"

Since mid-February, Ms. Łoboda received over a dozen death threats sent to her work email by an anonymous person. At first, the author referred directly to the women’s rights protests and the abortion ban. One of the messages included an image showing the councilwoman with a target on her head and the caption: "Die." Another email read: "Only God can decide on the fate of a child! People have no moral right to decide whether it lives or dies! Abortion is murder! Renounce your views. Or you will die!".

In the letters that follow, in addition to threats, there are also insults: "You fucking bitch! You don't get it. Renounce your views before it's too late. We don't feel sorry for anyone! We will do to you what you did to innocent children. This is the last warning! Give up abortion or die!"

A few days later, another message reads: "Apparently, you haven’t figured it out yet, have you, bitch? We will continue to terrorize your office until you withdraw your support for abortion, you scumbag. This is not a joke. One day, when you least expect it, we'll just blow up a bomb. We have absolutely no respect for your worthless life or the fate of your family. You made your own choice! No one forced you to kill innocent children. You’re signing your own death warrant".

A „Polish patriot” threatens to set off a bomb

The anonymous author of the alarming messages calls himself a “Polish patriot” and claims to be a “defender of the catholic faith”. In his last email, sent on Tuesday, March 23, he writes:

"While you keep organizing demonstrations in support of abortion, we will continue to terrorize you with bombs. The bomb threat in the Glass House was only meant to test the readiness of the police. We must defend the catholic church at all cost. Take our word for it. There are many of us! And we will do everything in our power to stop the destruction of this country, of traditional family values. You will not succeed in destroying the Polish nation, you leftist scum. Polish patriots have always been there, and they won’t back off now. You declared war, and we will end it with our courage and determination. It is not up to you to decide who should live! You are responsible before God for killing every single unborn child!".

The message refers to an incident from last Saturday evening. In the windows of the so-called Glass House near Jarosław Kaczyński’s residence in the Warsaw district of Żoliborz, artists performed “The Snow Queen or the Ritual of Thawing Hearts on Mickiewicza Street”. A few hours before the spectacle, the performers received a notice about an explosive device planted in the building. The alarm turned out to be false.

Radna Dorota Łoboda dostaje anonimy z groźbamiRadna Dorota Łoboda dostaje anonimy z groźbami Dorota Łoboda

To his last email, the anonymous author attached a picture showing Ms. Łoboda covered in photoshopped blood. There is also a hand holding a crucifix in the lower right-hand corner of the image.  

The prosecutor’s office has launched a criminal investigation

- The emails were sent from various addresses that start with "niezabijajdziecka" (don’t kill children) or "niepowinnobyclewakow" (leftists shouldn’t exist). I know that activists from the Women's Strike movement receive similar threats – says Ms. Łoboda. - I think it’s the same person writing them. It must be someone who actively follows social and political events, and is aware of what is happening in Warsaw in the context of the women's rights protests.

The councilwoman adds that she informed the city’s security office and the police about the anonymous threats in mid-March. The police forwarded the case to the prosecutor.

The district prosecutor's office in the Warsaw district of Żoliborz has opened an investigation into threats against the city council member Dorota Łoboda. - Currently, procedural steps are being taken in order to establish all circumstances of the case - says Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, spokeswoman for the District Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw. She adds that due to the initial stage of the investigation, investigators cannot provide detailed information about the findings or activities undertaken in the case.

The author of the anonymous threat emails faces up to two years in prison.

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