Polish prosecutors are probing a doable insult to the nationwide flag after a Warsaw household hung the pink and white banner altered to incorporate the brand of a ladies’s group behind protests towards a latest abortion ruling.
On the weekend police entered a house within the Polish capital and seized the offending flag, which had been altered from its ordinary pink and white stripes to incorporate the lightning bolt image of the Girls’s Strike motion.
Protests organized by Girls’s Strike rocked Warsaw in October as 1000’s of individuals took to the streets to reveal towards a near-total ban on abortion issued by a Polish court docket on October 22.
Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, a spokesperson for the District Prosecutor’s Workplace in Warsaw, confirmed on Tuesday that it had opened an investigation to find out if Polish legislation round flags had been breached.
Insulting, destroying, damaging or eradicating a Polish emblem, banner, or flag could be punishable by as much as one 12 months in jail, in accordance with the nation’s penal code.
Footage of the flag seizure appeared to indicate police coming into an condo in Warsaw on Saturday evening and taking the merchandise down from a balcony.
A police spokesperson mentioned officers responded to a proper grievance from a member of the general public within the metropolis’s Ursus district.
The lightning bolt image has been an ubiquitous characteristic on placards and banners throughout protests towards Poland’s abortion ruling, which at occasions have descended into violence involving police and protesters.
The largely Catholic nation’s Constitutional Court docket dominated on October 22 that abortion as a consequence of fetal defects is unconstitutional, that means abortion can solely now happen in circumstances of incest, rape or to guard the lifetime of a mom.
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