Heated Topics of the Week- Covid-19, Poland deploys riot police as pro-abortion protests continue for seventh day

Glance at Covid-19

Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 45 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and about 1.2 million deaths. It says roughly one-in-10 people worldwide may have already been infected but that “the vast majority of the world remains at risk”.

The US has recorded about 230,000 deaths from coronavirus – the world’s highest official death toll. It also has the highest number of confirmed cases, with some nine million so far, and the handling of coronavirus has become a central talking point in the presidential election campaign.

Cases and hospital admissions are now rising fast again in many European countries. Spain, France and the UK have all recorded more than one million cases, and several others are seeing their highest number of new infections since the start of the pandemic.

Poland deploys riot police as pro-abortion protests continue for seventh day

(Women’s rights activists with posters of the Women’s Strike action protest in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.   –   Copyright  AP)

Riot police were deployed in Poland on Wednesday as people went on strike and gathered in the street for a seventh consecutive day to protest a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities.

Military gendarmes were ordered to monitor crowds as tens of thousands of people gathered in defiance of pandemic restrictions. They vented their frustration about the abortion ruling and more broadly at perceived restrictions on their freedoms under the right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice.

Protesters in Warsaw marched from the office of Ordo Iuris — a conservative group that has pushed for a full abortion ban — to the parliament building, which was surrounded by police officers in riot gear. Large crowds also filled the streets in other major cities, including Krakow, Wroclaw, Szczecin and Lodz.

Protests against last week’s ruling spread to other countries too. People gathered at Polish embassies in Stockholm, Lisbon and Rome in solidarity with Polish women.




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