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Clashes between protesters and the police. Adam Bodnar: We will make all possible interventions | Policy

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During the Wednesday women’s protests in Warsaw, several dangerous incidents took place. One of them was the intervention of undisguised policemen who used telescopic truncheons against the protesters. Some of the demonstrators panicked, thinking that there were nationalists among them who wanted to provoke the demonstrators. The policemen also used gas, from which they suffered, among others journalists and parliamentarians, incl. MEP Magdalena Biejat.

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Onet asked the Ombudsman for a comment on this matter. Adam Bodnar he assured that his office was already watching the situation and would monitor the situation of detainees.

“I can assure you that we will make all possible interventions,” said Bodnar.

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The Commissioner for Human Rights also said that the behavior of policemen working in civilian clothes who used truncheons and tear gas against the demonstrators required special explanations. Adam Bodnar said that his office must also check this situation in the context of the applicable regulations in this area.

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Adam Bodnar was also asked about the situation of the journalists’ victims during the strike. The Commissioner for Human Rights referred Onet to his posts on November 12when he intervened in the case of police violence against journalists during the Independence March.

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“It is necessary to respect the important role of journalists in reporting public events, who should carry out their work in a safe environment, free from physical and verbal attacks. It is very important that the safety of journalists reporting demonstrations and the freedom to perform their professional tasks are by the police services securing a given event, and by its participants. victims of violence, persecution or retaliation “- he wrote then Ombudsman.



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