Chanting “We will defend the constitution!” an estimated 50,000 people rallied in the Polish capital Warsaw on Saturday to denounce what they see as threats to democracy by the newly elected government.
Demonstrations were held in other cities across Poland as well.
As Bloomberg reports, the conservative, Jaroslaw Kaczynski-led Law and Justice Party, which gained power in October, “has forced out the head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, limited the opposition’s oversight of secret services and outlined plans to overhaul public media, raising concerns about the system of checks and balances, guaranteed by the constitution.”
In addition, as the Telegraph reports, “Some opposition MPs have described the new government’s move to stack the court with its own people as a ‘creeping coup d’etat.'”
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