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Opposition, KOD supporters stage protests in Warsaw

یکشنبه 28 آذر 09:52
Supporters of opposition parties and the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) on Saturday staged protests in front of the Presidential Palace and the parliament building in Warsaw.
Opposition, KOD supporters stage protests in Warsaw

The demonstrators protested against a number of laws and regulations recently passed or proposed by parliament, dominated by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, including access to parliament by the media and an education reform that awaits the presidential signature.

according to rapporteur report from PAP, link ,The demonstrators appealed to President Andrzej Duda not to sign the education bill into law.

"If PiS does not stand back, we will continue to block the Sejm podium," said Ryszard Petru, the leader of pro-business Nowoczesna party. If dialogue with PiS proves futile, it will be necessary to hold early elections, Petru added.

President Duda said in a statement later on Saturday that he would like to "appeal to all sides of the political scene to calm down so that parliamentary work could proceed without any hindrance, in a civilised manner and with due dignity - in line with the principles of parliamentary democracy."

Andrzej Duda said he understood the arguments of both sides, but stressed that "all changes should be introduced after consultations with representatives of interested media outlets".

The president also expressed "regret" that the situation was used by part of the opposition to disturb the Sejm session and said he was ready to facilitate mediation.

PM Beata Szydlo said that some politicians had forgotten to "show respect for other people" and "act responsibly".

"Today, brawls have become the core activity for a number of politicians," Szydlo added.

On Friday evening, KOD and opposition supporters blocked the entry gates to the Polish parliament building protesting against new regulations that are feared to hinder journalists' access to parliament.

Earlier on Friday, the Sejm rostrum was blocked by opposition MPs after one of its members was banned from taking part in the sitting by the Sejm speaker.

PiS spokeswoman Beata Mazurek said that "the opposition is not concerned about democracy but about taking over power, as blocking the podium is anti-democratic".

"In our opinion yesterday's actions by the opposition constitute a crime (...), namely the abuse of power by a public officer to the detriment of public or private interest," Mazurek added, quoting a relevant provision of the Criminal Code.

In another development on Saturday, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski asked the Sejm speaker to organise a meeting with representatives of the media as soon as possible to agree on the principles of cooperation in parliament.

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