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Behind the ‘Black Protests’

The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Poland

Black protest in Krakow

Black Protest in Krakow, October 3, 2016. Credit: Mateusz Skwarczek, Agencja Gazeta.

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In October 2016, cities across Poland were seized by massive demonstrations against proposals for a total ban on abortion. Whatever their ultimate outcome, the protests prove that mass mobilizations are possible in today's Poland, and that the right's political and cultural hegemony may yet be more fragile than it appears.
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