Tear gas against protesters unwarranted - Warsaw mayor

Wednesday marked a further day of protests against an October 22 constitutional court ruling banning abortion on foetal damage grounds, which practically eliminates abortion in Poland. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The mayor of Warsaw has criticised the police for using tear gas on mostly female demonstrators at a protest in the Polish capital against tightened abortion laws.

Commenting on the incident, Rafał Trzaskowski wrote on Twitter that any use of force means needed to be appropriate, and that there was no need to tear gas protesters during a demonstration on Wednesday night.

"Tear gas against women? Really, Polish police? Forcible means must be justified and proportional, an ultimate solution. I think there was no reason for using such means against demonstrating women and youth. There were many more police than protesters," Trzaskowski tweeted.

He added that as mayor of Warsaw he expected an explanation in the matter from police authorities.

Wednesday marked a further day of protests against an October 22 constitutional court ruling banning abortion on foetal damage grounds, which practically eliminates abortion in Poland.

The ruling, which has as yet not been published in the Journal of Laws, has sparked mass protests countrywide.