Demonstrations held in Warsaw in support of arrested abortion protester

Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Several demonstrators and Polish opposition MPs blocked the entrance to the District Court of Warsaw in a protest on Thursday against the detention of a woman charged after protests over a controversial court ruling tightening abortion laws.

PAP has learnt that on Thursday afternoon police ordered the protesters to leave the assembly. The demonstrators were surrounded by a cordon of riot police. After being told to leave, the protesters dispersed from the main entrance to the District Court building.

The demonstration was attended by Left MP Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus and two Civic Coalition (KO) MPs Michal Szczerba and Klaudia Jachira. "We are here to prevent further detentions," they said.

The demonstrators gathered in front of the court building regarding the case of Isabella O.(last name withheld), who is suspected of actively attacking a police officer and participating in a gathering during the protests against the Constitutional Court's decision on abortion at the end of October.

According to the Warsaw Police Headquarters, at least three people were arrested during the protest.

Protests have been held across Poland since October 22, when the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that abortion on grounds of severe foetal damage is unconstitutional, thus closing one of the few options for legal abortion in Poland.