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Oxford students show solidarity with Poland protests after country’s anti-abortion ruling

On Sunday night, a protest organised by the Oxford University Polish Society saw calls of solidarity with women whose rights came under attack following the country’s Constitutional Tribunal’s recent ruling which has essentially removed all avenues to abortion.

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Poland: Arrest of trans-activist and the escalation against LGBTQ+ protestors

Condemnation falls yet again on Poland following escalations between police and LGBTQ+ protestors in the state’s capital on Friday evening. Protestors gathered on the historic Warsaw street, Krakowskie Przedmieście, to show opposition against the decision to place LGBTQ+ trans-activist Margot—or Michal Sz. as she is known to police—under two months arrest. The cause of this Read More…

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Polish minister encourages Poland to become an ‘LGBT free zone’

One of Poland’s ministers, Janusz Kowalski, has said that Poland should become an ‘LGBT free zone’. This news comes after the election of Andrzej Duda as President of Poland on 13th July after a campaign hinging on homophobic and right-wing policies. A third of Poland have already declared themselves as “free from LGBT ideology”. The Read More…

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President of all Poland? President Duda and Warsaw Mayor, Trzaskowski, to enter the second round of presidential elections

Since The Oxford Blue last reported on the presidential elections in Poland, the playing field has changed significantly: incumbent President Andrzej Duda will face Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw, in the second round of voting. The election, scheduled for May 10th, was pushed back as coronavirus made its way across the country, forcing the Read More…

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The Polish elections and why they matter

What you need to know The parties: Law and Justice (PiS) – a right-wing populist (although economically left), national conservative party Civic Platform (PO) – a centrist, liberal-conservative, and socially liberal party Polish People’s Party (PSL) – a centrist and social-democratic party Spring – a centre-left, pro-Europe, socially liberal party The candidates: Andrzej Duda – Read More…