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5/7/16

Poland: Pro and anti-government protests in Poland over EU and democracy

Poland’s opposition claims almost a quarter of a million people protested in Warsaw on Saturday against what they see as the government’s alienation from the EU and flouting of democratic rules.

This was the biggest of a wave of anti-government protests since the ruling eurosceptic Law and Justice party began tightening control over the country’s public broadcaster and highest court, following its landslide election victory last October.

The reforms have prompted an EU inquiry.

The latest rally, which its supporters claimed drew at least 200,000 people, was organised by the Committee for the Defence of Democracy and most opposition parties including the biggest one – the Civic Platform.

“We are here together today to say we will not allow the nightmare of authoritarian rule. We will not tolerate the violation of democracy, the violation of the rule of law, the violation of the Constitution. We won’t accept it,” said Civic Platform leader Grzegorz Schetyna.

Read more: Pro and anti-government protests in Poland over EU and democracy | euronews, world news

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