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The protest was organized by a former JW elder and pioneer couple - Alex and Iza. Around 60-80 former JWs and people who are interested in the subject came to the city square in Wrocław (population of about 600k - 1M in metro area). There held signs and posters saying "Protect your family from Jehovah's Witnesses", "Give us our families back", "You will not learn from JWs what does the Bible really teach", "In JW congregations victims of abuse are silenced" and "Read the confession of former Governing Body member". Additionally on this weekend a radio ad was ran telling people in Wroclaw about the protest, and a 6x3 meter mobile banner with the phrase "Protect your family from Jehovah's Witnesses" and some Ex JW Youtube channel names was driving across the streets. Hundreds of flyers were also distributed. All those materials pointed to a website - www.przerywamymilczenie.pl ("breakingthesilence") - which contains more information about shunning, blood ban and links to other resources both in polish and english.
A small group also went to a local Kingdom Hall complex of 4 halls and spent some time there with the signs and banners, standing silently near the entrance. Hundreds of JWs were passing by in disbelief because it was probably the first time in their lives they saw something like this.
As an effect in the following week this topic was discussed in almost every JW congregation and online groups. Even though they were laughing at it (because what else could they do) I am convinced that some of them probably were curious how Jehovah could let something like this happen. Plus the main reason the protest was held was to educate the general public about the JW practices, which with the help of local media was a big success. There was also another TV report which was even more damning, because at the end they've reached to the JW press representative. And guess what - they've declined to comment.
A longer report with interviews with former JWs is in the making. Also, there are already plans for another protest which will be held this summer in Poland's capitol - Warsaw. Everyone is invited, even if you don't speak Polish. If you want to participate, you can write to [email protected]