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  • Kinga Risk.

  • Oska, like many others, has struggled to make ends meet as a barber in Warsaw, Poland.

  • But that didn't stop her from closing up shop on Wednesday.

  • E feel great today I am ready to fight and joining the thousands of others who have taken to the streets across Poland to protest a court ruling that amounts to a near total ban on abortion in the mostly Catholic country.

  • To be honest, financial losses for my shop will be about 1000 zealots, or about $250 for the day of protest.

  • But I am aware that I have a big influence on what is going to happen next.

  • The 22 year old closed.

  • Her shop is part of a nationwide strike on Wednesday which saw women walk off the job and hit the streets to protest the constitutional Tribunal's ruling last Thursday that banned the most common of the few legal grounds for abortion.

  • Once the ruling goes into effect, the procedure will Onley be legal in the case of rape, incest or when there is a threat to the woman's health.

  • Since the decision, Poland has been rocked by huge, mostly peaceful demonstrations.

  • But in a rare display of anger against the Roman Catholic Church last Sunday, demonstrators in Warsaw and other cities disrupted services and defaced church buildings.

  • Wednesday's protest saw thousands marching through Warsaw, chanting and carrying signs where it's Casca took to the streets in a mask with the red lightning bolt, the symbol of the protests.

  • It's the same mask she wears in her shop, where clients have been divided over the ruling.

  • Opinions vary a lot.

  • Some clients, after seeing my post on Facebook, asked me why I am closing the shop.

  • I told them there is a nationwide women's strike and I'm joining in solidarity with these women because I think that we have a chance to change something.

  • We have a chance to do something.

  • As a group, she says, some of them decided to join that.

Kinga Risk.

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Polish barber sacrifices pay to fight for women's rights in abortion protests

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/29
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