In Poland, the last two years have been a time of heated political debate and, on numerous occasions, citizens marched through the streets of Warsaw – some in defense of the judiciary, human rights, freedom of speech, others to show their support for the government or commemorate the victims of the 2010 plane crash. In October 2017, hundreds of thousands of women across the whole country protested against the ruling party’s plans to tighten already harsh restrictions on abortion. In that sense, the last two years have been the time of unprecedented civic engagement in Poland and demonstrating has become a common form of expression of one’s views and ideals. In December, the Polish Parliament has adopted a law giving special privileges to so-called "cyclical" and government-organized gatherings. That has obviously sparked protests too.
MamPrawoWiedziec.pl analyzed publicly available data to show where, how often and why Poles protested in the streets of Warsaw since 2004. We have quantified and visualized a phenomenon that has become the primary form of political expression in Poland for people on both sides of the political divide. We also showed that the number of demonstration has significantly spiked after the 2015 parliamentary elections and a series of controversial reforms carried out by the ruling Law and Justice Party. Other media outlets such as the best-selling Polish weekly "Polityka" and the nation-wide journal "Rzeczpospolita" showed great interest in the project.
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