Poles rebel against the government: Quit in Warsaw

Only the tightening of the abortion law by the Constitutional Court enraged the Poles. Then new corona restrictions were added.

Nocturnal protest in Krakow against the tightening of abortion law in Poland Photo: reuters / Jakub Wlodek

WARSAW taz | Ambulances rush through Warsaw with deafening sirens. “Tomorrow we’ll be in there,” a sprightly old Polish woman exclaims and walks towards waiting passers-by at the zebra crossing. “Heart attack, stroke, corona – it doesn’t matter! The hospitals are already full. No more space for us! ”She calls out. But only a young man with a bald head and tattoos on his neck reacts. He briefly pulls his face mask on his chin and yells with a bright red face: “Get out of here! Go home! You have no business being on the street! ”The old woman holds out her finger.

On Friday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared all of Poland a high-risk zone. Children should only go to school up to third grade, restaurants and pubs are closed, weddings are prohibited, and people over 70 are no longer allowed to leave the house. Not only for them, but also for many others, the prohibitions and restrictions are almost unbearable. Anger and aggression increase.

“Fuck off!” Shouted Metro passengers at the police officers, who demand identification documents from anyone who does not wear the face mask properly. At the exit of the Heiligkreuz station, controls are particularly tight. Fines and criminal charges are hailing. A young woman with long blond hair, who pulled the mask over her nose too late, angrily rummages for her identification papers.

She points out the homeless man on a park bench to the police: “Why don’t you take care of him? Where is his mask? Oh, he doesn’t have any? Can you see the festering wound on his leg and the puddle of urine under the bench? ”But the police remained unmoved. One says: “The city police take care of the bums. We are subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior. “

Nightly demos in front of Kaczyński’s residence

Other Metro passengers who have gathered around the young woman begin to grumble loudly. All wear the prescribed masks. One of them yells: “Take the man away!” More and more agree: “Take the man away!” And push the policemen to the bank with the homeless patient as a closed crowd. Then the crowd strives apart again. Everyone goes his own way.

At night, the anger against the national populists who have been in power since 2015 from the Law and Justice Party (PiS) breaks out even more violently. Despite the ban on Corona demonstrations – only gatherings of five people are allowed – tens of thousands of demonstrators march in front of the houses of party leader Jarosław Kaczyński from the Law and Justice Party (PiS) and Prime Minister Morawiecki, as well as the PiS headquarters.

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court controlled by the PiS declared a paragraph of the Family Planning Act of 1993 to be unconstitutional, thereby further tightening Poland’s already very restrictive abortion law.

In the event of a severely deformed fetus, Polish women will no longer be able to decide for themselves whether to carry the pregnancy to term. You have to. The “dignity of the unborn child” should be set higher than the “psychological comfort” of a woman, argued the applicant from the PiS.

Corona hospital in the national stadium

On Friday there was a new Corona record in Poland with almost 16,000 new infections. And just one day later, Morawiecki announced the new bans: children up to third grade should go to school, everyone else should study online, people over 70 must stay at home, all restaurants and pubs are closed, weddings are prohibited, etc.

On state television, the former public broadcasting service, there were reports of success like from the era of real socialism. President Andrzej Duda hurried through the new field hospital in the national stadium, his chest swollen with pride, past dozens of ancient beds and musty mattresses.

When Duda reported on Twitter that he had tested Corona-positive, the ridicule was not long in coming: many Poles wished him “a good recovery in the national stadium”.

The architect Maria N. has a burning grave candle in her hand. She wants to park them in front of Kaczyński’s house. She slowly goes “for a walk” with her friends at Invalidenplatz in Zoliborz – this is still allowed in Corona times. “How can he do this to us? He has no family, no children. But he delivers us to hell. With what right?

Kaczyński incapacitates Poland’s women

In the past, Kaczyński did not want to tackle the sensitive issue of abortion again, but now the application of a PiS hardliner to the Constitutional Court has passed him. Hardly anyone in Poland doubts that it was he who pressed the President of the Constitutional Court to bring the hearing forward.

“The candle is for my child,” says Maria N. “I lost it. Nature decided for me. But I had to decide whether I should have the child or not. “

Her friend Zuzanna K. distributes leaflets – also to the police officers who cordon off a large area of ​​Kaczyński’s house. You can see a gynecological chair, a woman’s legs and, instead of the doctor, Kaczyński. He says: “You have nothing more to say about birth issues.” Zuzanna K. nods: “We have her back in Poland – torture!”