Responsible in the Republic of Ireland of the organization Scouts allegedly abused more than one hundred minors between the past decades of 1960 and 1980, is revealed in an official report published today by the Government of Dublin.
“It’s devastating, I find it extremely disturbing that I received this information,” said the independent minister of childhood, Katherine Zappone, when she presented to a parliamentary committee the provisional findings of an “independent review of historical documents” by the Scout Ireland organization.
The person in charge of the investigation, the expert in matters of child protection Ian Elliott, found in these records “evidence” about the existence during the aforementioned period of 71 alleged abusers and 108 alleged victims.
Zappone said the investigation is still ongoing, so he did not rule out that these figures could “vary” in the coming months while explaining that all the relevant information has been sent to the Irish Police (Garda) and the National Child Protection (Tulsa).
The minister said that some of the alleged aggressors continue to work in Scout Ireland, an organization that, nevertheless, develops an “extraordinary task”.
“I have personally verified it throughout the country and the work it does to support children and young people and volunteers is very important,” said Zappone.
The president of Scout Ireland, Aisling Kelly, today asked forgiveness for the damage caused as a result of the “irregular practices” committed by members of the organization and although “some facts” occurred “many years ago” its “effects still cause pain today”.
“I want to reiterate my apologies and our sincere regret for what has happened, we are totally committed to learn from those mistakes and make Scouting Ireland a safe place,” Kelly added.
The president said that the organization has gone through a “radical process of government” and that its members collaborate with the authorities to “clarify this issue in its entirety.”
The Spanish fishing company Nuestra Madre de Loreto, which rescued 12 immigrants in the Mediterranean a week ago, will meet with the humanitarian aid vessel Open Arms, while the Government has informed that it can go to a Libyan port to supply itself.
The second on board, Vicente Sempere, has told Efe that the ship is headed to meet the Open Arms, which has left the Tunisian port of Zarzis because on board there is scarce food and there is only for the next five or six days.
“We are heading to meet with the Open Arms to see if they can help us, we would never go to Libya,” said Sempere.
For his part, the skipper of Santa Pola fishing (Alicante), Pascual Durá, in a conversation via satellite with Efe, explained that he has given the order to the cook to ration the food “as much as possible” due to the limitation of the existences.
Durá has indicated that both the crew and the rescued feel “abandoned” and with the feeling that “everything remains the same” when it is a week after the rescue of these people who were traveling in a boat off the coast of Libya.
He has reported that they feel “tired and sad” for this situation: “We are exhausted and helpless” and waiting for news about the possibility that they can get to land as soon as possible “.
The government has assured this afternoon that the fishing vessel can go to a Libyan port to supply itself and has requested the collaboration of the coastal countries “in case it is considered that Libya does not meet the conditions to be a safe harbor”.
Through a statement, the vice president, Carmen Calvo, expressed the Executive’s concern about the situation in which both the ship’s crew and the 12 immigrants rescued.
He has also reported that the captain of the vessel has received a Libyan Sea Rescue mail asking him to go to the port of Al Khums because the bad weather prevents the patrol boats from getting to the point. where the fishing boat is located and provide them with the supplies they need.
“As established by the international rescue regulations, and given the meteorological conditions, the fishing vessel should go to the nearest port, in this case, the Libyan port,” the statement said.
The Government continues to make representations to the Governments of Italy and Malta “that will make it possible to have an alternative solution as soon as possible”.
For the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), demure immigrants cannot be returned to Libya, precisely because it considers that it is not a safe harbor and there is a real risk of human rights violations.
“A person can not be returned to a situation in which his life or freedom could be in serious danger, which would be the circumstance in case these people were returned to Libya … It is not a safe harbor, (… ) there is a real risk of human rights violations “, denounced Efe the spokeswoman of Acnur in Spain, María Jesús Vega.
Doctors Without Borders and Save The Children have also pronounced that they have warned that if immigrants land in Libya they would be “highly” exposed to violence and abuse and have indicated that, in these cases, international law should always prevail to guarantee the safety of those rescued.
Specifically, Save the Children has ensured that among the immigrants aboard the ship could be two minors, which has requested the Executive of Pedro Sanchez to urge the closest countries, Malta and Italy, to “open their ports” to the Our Lady of Loreto, while claiming “actions” against States that violate international law.
From Doctors without Borders, its president in Spain, David Noguera, has considered that “the human gesture of saving lives needs, now, to be accompanied also by the political will to disembark as soon as possible those rescued in the nearest safe harbor”.
For its part, Compromís has requested the appearance of the Vice President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, to give explanations for the “absence” of the Executive in the management of the fishing crisis.
In addition, the city of Santa Pola has convened tomorrow a rally in support of the crew and to ask that the problem is solved “as soon as possible and safely.”
Less than a month ago, a Piura mother told of her terrible experience when she almost lost her baby due to an attempted kidnapping, in the Miraflores neighborhood of the district of Castilla.
Through social networks, Carola Zevallos recounted the moment of terror she experienced while breastfeeding her youngest child in the back of her car.
“A man holding my baby and pulling him tight, I hugged my baby and started screaming desperately.”
The woman said that-fortunately-the man released him and fled the area.
Several users spoke about it through social networks. Some warned that the same situation occurred in the AH Santa Rosa, of Twenty-sixth of October.
How to prevent?
Although no parent wants to think about the possibility that their child might be the victim of a kidnapping, it is important to take preventive measures to teach children to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Never leave your child alone in the car, even if it is a ‘little minute’ to pick up an order or make a quick purchase. Every occasion is profitable for criminals.
If you take him to school, try to go with time and be well enough to accompany him to the door. If it is not possible, in any case, keep an eye on the school, do not take it for granted.
When lowering the children of the car, remove them better by the side of the path; and, if you lower one while taking out the other, do not place it behind you, out of sight.
Tell him not to open to strangers. Do not leave your child alone at home, never! But if he is alone, tell him not to open the door to anyone. Not even the neighbor or the one in the store.
Make sure you know your full name, address and phone number as soon as you can memorize this information. If you go to crowded places, you can paint your cell phone number on your forearm.
Teach your child to scream. Your child should learn to ask for help and should make as much noise as possible in case a stranger tries to kidnap him. That fear does not paralyze you in the first moments with a stranger may depend on your luck.
Tell him that he must trust his instincts and that if something raises suspicions, he should get away as soon as possible. If you are old enough to understand it and use it properly, self-defense classes are not superfluous.
Teach you how to make emergency calls or close family members. It is important that you do not trust all of your options for mobile phone contacts. All children should memorize at least three or four phones of people or places of trust as family or school.
Remind him that he should never approach an adult he does not know without your permission, especially if that person is in a vehicle.
Teach him to always be accompanied by a friend and not leave the group when he is with his friends.
Explain to your child what information is private. Tell your child that the names, address and how many people are in the house are things you should never say. Sometimes adults fall into this trap and provide information to a stranger by phone, children are also vulnerable. This advice should also be addressed in the use of the Internet.
Learn to listen to your child. If he tells you that he does not want to be with a certain person, find out what the reason is, pay attention to his behavior. In general, children are “transparent” and parents can detect when something unusual happens to them if they are attentive.
Children’s traffic network
Child trafficking is not a myth anywhere in the world, much less in our region. Recently, they arrested Cintia Carolina Tello Preciado (32) , a native of the Pariñas district (Talara province) and the former director of the National Police, Oscar Raúl Becerra Velarde , a native of Castilla (province of Piura), for being part of the organization criminal ‘Los Desalmados del Tráfico Humano’ , dedicated to the sale of minors (babies).
The couple bought babies for 4 thousand soles to traffic with their organs or for illegal adoptions.
Both fell in a police mega operative that began from the three in the morning in Arequipa with the result of a baby of five months rescued and 12 stopped.
‘The Human Traffickers ‘ are investigated since last May for the alleged crimes of the criminal organization, aggravated trafficking (sale of children, babies) and abortion.
Zimbabwe today launched a vaccination campaign of half a million people against the outbreak of cholera that has caused, at the moment, 49 dead and thousands of infected, the great majority in Harare.
A total of 500,000 doses of the Euvichol vaccine are available for a campaign that will last until next Sunday, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The immunization will focus first on children under one child who live in the most deprived suburbs of Harare.
“If a person receives the first and second dose in a space of six months, then the vaccination will work effectively for five years,” said the head of Epidemiology, Portia Manangazira.
The vaccines will be administered in community facilities and churches, as hospitals in the affected areas are crowded with cholera patients, according to local media.
The government insists that infections have slowed since the outbreak broke out in the western neighborhoods of Glen View and Budiriro, in Harare, early last September, and spread rapidly to infect almost 10,000 people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that if the vaccination is carried out before the start of summer rains in December, a new wave of cholera infections could be avoided.
“The rainy season is a big risk factor,” WHO consultant Marc Poncin was quoted as saying by state newspaper The Herald.
The outbreak of cholera, an infectious disease characterized by abundant watery diarrhea, emerged in the slums of Glen View and Budiriro, after the leak in a sewage pipeline that contaminated the water from community wells that supply the neighbors.
Most of the peripheral areas in this city of more than 1.5 million depend on community wells since there is no potable water network.
The last 11th, the authorities declared a state of emergency, with the banning of street rallies in Harare, and the street vending of meat and fish, which some locals ignore as their only means of subsistence.
This outbreak of cholera is already the deadliest since 2008/09 when the disease caused more than 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 infections in Zimbabwe.
The humanitarian ship Aquarius rescued Friday 141 people off the coast of Libya on its first mission since it resumed sea. He said he is now waiting for instructions from the Libyan rescue coordination center.
The boat managed by the Franco-German SOS Mediterranean Association and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) first recovered 25 migrants on Friday, including six women, who were on a small wooden boat about 25 nautical km) from the Libyan coast.
The conditions were calm and sunny, but the boat, weighed down by too many passengers, was very little above the waterline. Those on board seemed tense and worried as the rescuers approached.
Later, another 116 people were removed from a second wooden boat in the same area, including 38 women and 73 minors. Although larger, this ship was also overcrowded.
No referral to Libya
The Libyan coastguard, the coordinating authority for rescues, has been informed, the Aquarius says on its online logbook. The Aquarius, who sailed last week for its tenth mission this year, still does not know where it can get those rescued on Friday. According to international law, refugees rescued at sea can not be put back in danger.
The crew made it clear before leaving that they would not send migrants back to Libya because the country is not considered a safe haven for migrants and refugees, both by the United Nations and the European Union.
The Aquarius resumed the sea on 1 August after being the subject of a dispute in June between Italy and Malta that had refused to receive migrants collected at sea. He had spent nine days at sea before to be able to land in Spain the migrants he had collected. The conflict has had repercussions throughout the EU and caused political tensions between Rome and Paris.
More than 650,000 arrivals
Under pressure from Italy and Malta, most humanitarian ships no longer patrol off the coast of Libya. More than 650,000 migrants have arrived on the Italian coast since 2014.
Although departures from Libya have dropped dramatically this year, smugglers are still pushing boats out to sea. Some 720 people died in June and July when NGO ships were mostly absent from the area, Amnesty International estimates.
It is the first Integral Rehabilitation Center of Tandil, and its construction was promoted by 15 families, thanks to donations and festivals organized by the same members and neighbors of the community
When we talk about disability, often the feeling of vulnerability is so present in the daily lives of those who suffer from it, as well as in the family nucleus. With this idea, a group of parents worried about the lack of information and advice began an arduous path in search of the help of others who were in the same situation of uncertainty. Thus was born the project known today as CIANE -an association formed by parents of exceptional children-, and whose inauguration promises to be a great event in Tandil and its surroundings.
It is the first Integral Rehabilitation Center for children with different disabilities that will work in the area. All thanks to the teamwork of at least 15 parents who, with the same dream, worked hard to collect the money necessary to achieve the goal since 2006.
It was in 2007 when this initiative began to take on the necessary color, thanks to the donation of a two-hectare plot where today the much-awaited physical space for the assistance of children and adults with disabilities is being built. Although there is still no opening date, it is estimated that its doors will open this year.
“In 2006, the need arose for a place where there are professionals who can comprehensively address the task of rehabilitation of our children, beyond the advice given to us as a family in legal matters, disability certificates or advice with social works. that integrates all the questions that you have to address when you have a child with a disability, “explained Arabela Lanz, member of the NGO, to Diario de Tandil.
“First we settled as a civil association, and we started to analyze what we could have, donated a plot of two hectares, we wrote it, and from that, with the help of professionals, we started to build the physical plant of what is going to to be the Integral Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities, “he said.
With the help of professionals, more donations and the collaboration of the entire community of Tandil, today CIANE is in its last stages.
It is the union of an entire community to promote education and advice for those who need it most. A group of parents – far from being seated – decided to accompany hundreds of families who are living through the same problem that they have already experienced.
“The need was the reason that united us, only those who go through these situations know what counts and what does not.” Feeling alone, not fully advised, with all the needs our children have, offers a plus. other parents go through the same thing and we work for that, we want our children to have the rehabilitation they deserve and that will improve their quality of life, that is our job as parents.
Bosco is one of the guys who inspired this project. His parents Arabela and Diego, members of this initiative, told Infobae about their history and the complications they had to face after learning about their son’s disability, Kabuki syndrome, known as a genetic disorder characterized by unusual facial features. , skeletal abnormalities and mild to moderate mental retardation.
“When Bosco was born, nothing was as we expected, our house became a kind of hospital in a short time, but luckily a geneticist managed to name my son’s syndrome, which allowed us to understand and anticipate several characteristic symptoms of The pathology Nothing is as it should, social works permanently deny access to health, ignoring all laws and treaties that recognize rights, being essential to avail of Amparo resources to access them, “said Arabela.
This family is one of 15 that knew how to go through the same path and today they decide to help others with their resources. The importance of the exchange of experiences can not only facilitate a diagnosis in time and form but also anticipate bureaucratic procedures and obstacles inherent in the system to which the parents of children with disabilities, unfortunately, face daily.
Islam Abu Aouda, a Palestinian mother of six children, was born as a refugee in the Aida camp in Bethlehem, where she has organized with other women to support her disabled children, who receive little help from the Government or the UN agency. for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
Aida, created in 1950 as a temporary tent camp to house the first Palestinian refugees that caused the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, is today an urban conglomeration of narrow streets and concrete buildings where some 5,500 people live, largely surrounded by the separation wall that Israel has been building since 2003 in the occupied West Bank.
Abu Aouda was raised in this compound, where precariousness and few future prospects affect many of its inhabitants, who survive in large part from UNRWA aid, with an increasingly limited budget since the United States reduced its contribution to this agency.
Their children, the third generation of refugees, also grew up in the countryside, and Mohamed, who is now 18 years old, has lived with many difficulties after suffering from cerebral palsy with serious effects on his motor skills and neurological development. He made it completely dependent.
In Aida camp and neighboring camp, says Abu Aouda, there are at least fifty refugee children with disabilities, and for years their families struggled alone to care for them, with no services to meet their special needs.
“We do not wait for anyone to solve our problems,” says Mohamed’s mother, who is 2010 founded the Nur association (‘light’, in Arabic) to manage the care of her children together with other refugee women in the same situation.
“At the beginning, it was hard for us to start, we did not have anything and any project was a challenge,” says Abu Aouda, who, among other activities, teaches Palestinian cuisine and dinners with traditional food that make small contributions to finance the entity.
The project of the association has been simmering since its inception, more and more women are collaborating and has a center where it offers sessions of physiotherapy, special education, speech therapy and language classes to about 45 children with a specific attention program, in addition to 300 children and adults with special needs who study their languages.
The public schools in the camps, managed by UNRWA, do not have their own programs for children with acute needs, says Abu Aouda, who for years took his son to a private school but notes that “many other children were not educated because their families they could not assume the cost “, something that, he assures, this has changed with the activities of Nur.
Its premises, in the heart of the Aida countryside, renovated with UNRWA funding from the Government of Belgium, is now a key point for the day to day of dozens of children and their families, with refugee girls who are teachers and a physiotherapist in charge of the physical problems of childhood.
“Many children need rehabilitation and intensive medical care that their families can not afford, but here we serve them with the most basic to improve their conditions,” says physiotherapist Saya Asad among stretchers, balls, and mattresses with drawings of Disney characters.
In an adjoining room, four children play together with their teacher, who teaches them to discern the colors while a children’s song plays in Arabic, and for the future, Abu Aouda considers that the main objective of Nur is to attract more women to bring to his children.
“Many families do not want to take their children to the center because they feel embarrassed, but we try to make them aware that having children with special needs is not a problem or a shame,” he remarks and notes that there is still a lot of work to be done in this area.
According to UN figures, five million Palestinian refugees, those who fled in 1948 and in subsequent waves and their descendants, live scattered in camps in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.
The claim of the right to return is among their main demands and is one of the obstacles in the peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, paralyzed since 2014.
Nearly six million people displaced in 2017 due to conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report issued today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
In a statement sent to Efe in Nairobi, the IDMC and the NRC stressed that Sub-Saharan Africa, a region where 14 percent of the world’s population lives, accounts for almost half of the 11.8 million displaced by conflicts in 2017 in the world.
According to the Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2018), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was the most affected African country, with almost 2.2 million people displaced.
This figure is higher than the 2.1 million displaced people registered jointly by South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic (CAR).
The insurgency of Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, ethnic violence and disputes over natural resources led to the displacement of more than 415,000 people in the Lake Chad basin, 65 percent of which took place in northeastern Nigeria.
In Somalia, some 388,000 displaced persons related to the conflict plus 892,000 associated with the drought that hit that country of the Horn of Africa were counted.
The rains and floods forced 2.6 million people to leave their homes in the region.
“The overwhelming number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and violence should serve to open our eyes,” said NCR Secretary-General Jan Egeland, stressing that “more effort” is needed to avoid the problem…
The director of the IDMC, Alexandra Bilak, warned, meanwhile, that “internal displacements often tout the beginning of a major crisis.”
Margarita Forquera is an old woman, an inhabitant of the small town of El Nihuil, in Mendoza. Throughout 2017, it was part of an educational program of a San Rafael school in which dozens of grandparents were taught to read and write through the local radio station. The dreamed harmony of an example of life
Each month and for several years, the grandmother Margarita Forquera received a magazine from one of her daughters in her precarious house in a town in Mendoza. It was a publication that delivered a credit card from a local bank and allowed her to feed her imagination. The woman did not know how to read or write, but she expected the arrival of those pages in order to “create” the content in her head.
Margarita went through most of her life with her illiterate condition. Her husband, Hilario Arena, died a few years ago also unable to read or write. Once alone at home, the woman decided in 2017 and with 79 years to begin the process of literacy.
“When they gave me that magazine, I looked at the photos and the big letters, without understanding anything they said, and I liked to imagine what people might be saying or thinking about where in the world they had taken those photos. very curious, “Margarita told Infobae through a telephone conversation.
“With my husband had 12 children throughout our lives. Neither could neither read nor write. So we forced 12 to go to school. We did not want to repeat the same thing happened to us. We did not want that so many things of life were lost, “he reflected.
Margarita lived all her days in El Nihuil, a small town located about 70 kilometers from the city of San Rafael. Already old, it was too difficult for her to move to the big city to attend an adult school. For this reason, she joined an unpublished program developed by the Luis Grassi School for adults in San Rafael: she learned to write at home through classes given daily on the local radio by that educational institution.
“Last year I started going to that school, but the truth was that it was not always, when it was very cold, I preferred to stay at home, and this is a very cold area, so it was very difficult for me to learn a lot with classes when He went so often, “he explained.
At the beginning of 2017, Margarita was visited in her modest townhouse by a teacher and a psychologist, who offered to learn to read and write without leaving home. For that, they gave him a spreadsheet with large letters and drawings, gave him some colored pencils and warned him to be attentive to the radio during three specific times of the day.
María del Valle Cabaña, director of the Grassi School and one of the main promoters of the class program through a radio, stressed the importance of meeting the needs of those grandparents from rural villages with transfer difficulties.
“Nihuil is inhabited by people who have spent their entire lives in rural areas, they are very simple and humble people, and sometimes it is very difficult to convince these people of the countryside to move to a school to at least begin to read and write. “Cabaña explained to Infobae.
He added: “So, we were thinking about the idea with a team coordinated by the Section 5 supervisor, Pablo Moralejo, and we created this idea.”
The adult center Grassi coordinated his work with the school of El Nihuil called Augusto Rousell to lend him his radio studio. There, a professional speaker recorded the classes between 12 and 15 minutes that would then be broadcast three times each day.
In the morning the program is broadcast with the repeated class of the previous day; At the time of the siesta the content of the new class of the day is heard and at about 20 the same lesson is repeated.
“At the beginning, as these people do not know how to write or read and since there is no physicist there to explain them, we give them a spreadsheet and relate the letters and numbers with colors: A is orange, I is violet, E is green … “, explained Cabaña.
Margarita Forquera was one of the 15 grandmothers and grandparents who dared to take the leap with the radio literacy classes.
” The first word I wrote was my name, I did it at 79 years old and it’s a very beautiful word,” Margarita said with great emotion.
The old woman provides the interview with a borrowed cell phone. Her lack of habit of new technologies made her stick the microphone too much to her face. Therefore, his voice is heard far away, with noises.
“There are many things that people who can read will never understand, I almost never could go out without being accompanied by one of my children.” If I went to the store, I had to wait for the owner to grab my tickets because I did not I could count how much money I had to pay, even when I went to this school in San Rafael, they had to accompany me, if I got lost, there was no way I could understand which streets I was in
Margarita never left El Nihuil. During all his youth he lived in a country house, in the rural depth of the area. All her family and herself dedicated herself to the raising of goats. Later, he worked on farms and in a metallurgical factory called De Grassi.
“There, I was in charge of having all the worker’s lunch ready, I knew how to count but I did not know how to read the time, so to know when I had to go to my house, I would draw a line every day on a paper every day. When the big needle of the watch looked up, when I counted six lines, I knew that I could go to my house. ”
“My compañeras helped me so that I could collect all the salary and I have to thank my bosses and my employers who helped me so that I did not have more time than I had to stay.”
Both the De Grassi factory and the Carbon-metal factory were the two main labor engines of El Nihuil in its history. Once both closed, the young people of the region were forced to move to other nearby cities. And there were the old, the old, practically isolated.
“At first, I was a little embarrassed to say that I was almost eighty years old and could not read or write, but the teachers and some neighbors encouraged me to study and congratulated me, sometimes it betrays my memory a bit and I forget things, but with effort everything can be done, “Margarita reflected in her forceful but soft voice.
The 80-year-old woman recognizes that she still has to practice and finish learning some things. He tries to read the posters in the businesses, the names of the streets and, from time to time, he is encouraged to interpret the occasional text message on the cell phones of his children.
Also, after the first literacy year, Margarita remains linked to the adult institution of San Rafael: today it is part of the schooling process at the Luis Grassi organization. It must go back to the educational institution, where the classes increased their diversity of material and even demand.
“Now I go to school, yes, but I keep the same idea: if it’s very cold, I prefer to stay in a house, I’m not going to be so cool at this stage of my life,” said Margarita.
The woman, who recently overcame a phase of depression for the death of her husband Hilario, is now dedicated to continue their studies and enjoy their more than 30 grandchildren who visit her every day.
Meanwhile, the radio literacy program in El Nihuil continues to expand: “In 2017 we had about 15 students through this system, of which 10 are already enrolled in our center today, ” explained Cabaña.
“In addition, in the two months of classes we have this year, about five new students joined us and several districts asked us for the bases to do the same in their regions, ” he added.
Margarita broke the radio with which she learned to write. Even the worn wooden table that he used as a desk in his precarious living for a year today rests at the door, outside the home. It was replaced by a new white table. Reflections of a new life, of an old woman who thanks to the understanding and writing of the texts found her particular way of “being born again”.
“Now I can read messages and know who wrote them to me and that is beautiful, I would like it if there are other people who are as I was, who put the batteries and make the effort.” With effort and care, everything is achieved. It’s late when the happiness is good, “he said with emotion shortly before taking off the microphone of the borrowed cell phone from his cheek.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly women, gathered today in Warsaw to protest against a plan to tighten legislation on abortion, now in the process of parliament and backed by the government party, the right-wing nationalist Law, and Justice (PiS).
Around 55,000 people demonstrated in the Polish capital, according to the city’s spokesman Bartek Milczarczyk, in a protest called “Black Friday”.
The trigger for these concentrations is the bill to limit the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, admitted for processing by the House on January 10, the result of the popular initiative “Stop Abortion”, which has the majority support of deputies of the Pee.
Since then, a parliamentary commission reviews the proposal, which seeks to prohibit abortion for cases in which the fetus has malformations, an irreversible disease or Down syndrome.
Until that commission gives the green light, the proposal cannot be voted on by Parliament.
The “Stop Aborcja” proposal only allows abortion for cases in which the life of the mother is at risk or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
The demonstrators, coming in many cases from different parts of Poland, passed before the Polish Parliament, the seat of Law and Justice and one of the most significant churches in Warsaw, in protest of the support of the Catholic hierarchy to the proposal “Stop Abortion ”
In addition to Warsaw, there are protests on Friday in other cities in Poland against the restriction of abortion.
A spokesman for the Polish Episcopal Conference, Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, has said that “the delay in parliamentary procedures on legislation to limit abortion is cause for concern” for the Church in Poland, where 90 percent of the population of declares Catholic.
“We do not want politicians or priests to come and tell us what to do with our bodies,” said one of the protesters, Magda, who like other women carried a hanger, allusive to her body is not just a simple receptacle to give light, but it is the woman who must be able to decide on her body.
The leader of Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has shown himself on numerous occasions in favor of the prohibition of the so-called eugenic abortion, even though Poland already has by itself one of the most restrictive laws in this respect in Europe.
Faced with the communist period, when it was practically free, the current Polish law, dating from 1993, only allows abortion when the health or life of the mother is in danger, pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or the fetus suffers malformations or irreversible disease.
Official data indicate that more than 1,000 abortions are practiced every year, although the Federation for Women and Family Planning, dedicated to helping women to abort within the allowed cases, believes that the real number of pregnant women who abort annually can over 100,000 cases, explained to Efe one of their representatives, Krystyna Kapura.
The Polish government tried unsuccessfully to toughen the abortion law in October 2016, although the protest of thousands of women across the country forced him to stop his project, despite the fact that Law and Justice has an absolute majority in Parliament.