Disinfo: Protests in Poland are about falsified elections and economic problems, not about abortions

Summary

The revolution in Poland started because of the falsified elections and economic problems. Warsaw started to intervene in the affairs of another country, trying to inspire a riot in Belarus. Poland wanted to organise a revolution in Belarus, but now, they are facing this revolt themselves. The Polish women started to protest not because of the prohibition of abortions – this situation was the last straw. Andrzej Duda won the Presidential elections falsifying them – that is why everything [protests] started.

Disproof

An unfounded claim accusing the Polish authorities in the falsification of the recent Presidential elections and in alleged attempts to organise a revolution in Belarus. In addition, this message provides wrong information about the character of the protests taking place in Poland in connection to the recent prohibition of abortions due to severe health defects.

On October 22, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal announced that abortions due to severe birth defects are unconstitutional. This situation resulted in massive protests all over the country – according to the polls, between 66% and 73% of the Poles disagree with the decision of the Tribunal.

In terms of the “falsified” Polish elections, according to the statement of the OSCE observation mission to Poland, the 2020 Presidential elections in this country were “competitive and well-organised”. The Parliamentary Assembly’s election assessment mission also did not doubt the free and democratic character of the Polish elections. The results of all Polish elections are internationally recognised and there is no evidence of any substantial violations of the principles of free and democratic elections in Poland.

The claim that Poland tried to “organise a revolution in Belarus” is a conspiracy theory.

See similar disinformation messages - The Polish Presidential elections were totally falsified, Poland and Lithuania directly sponsor open extremist actions against Belarus and Poland presented a plan of active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, children, Protest, Manipulated elections/referendum, Alexander Lukashenko, Colour revolutions, Elections, Andrzej Duda

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