Thousands in women's day protests throughout Polish capital
PR dla Zagranicy
Thousands of people gathered at Warsaw's Constitution Square at the height of Women's Day activities on Wednesday.
International Women's Day protesters in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk.
An official police count suggested there were some 3,000 protesters while figures released by city hall said 17,000.
At the height of International Women's Day protests at 6pm on Wednesday, a crowd assembled at Constitution Square – and simultaneously in some 80 other Polish towns and cities – to “make noise”.
Many banged together lids of pots and pans and commemorated women who had been abused, raped and killed.
Protesters carried banners promoting female self-determination, pay equality and solidarity among women, among other issues.
Other demonstrations were held outside the governing party's headquarters, at the prime minister's and parliament buildings and in front of one of Warsaw's Catholic churches.
Meanwhile, pro-life activists picketed in a counter-protest near the Constitution Square, carrying banners which read “Abortion kills”, “Stop abortion, if you want to kill, kill yourself, we'll help” and “Legal or illegal – abortions have the same effect”. (vb)