Poles protest court changes for eighth day
WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of Poles protested for the eighth day Sunday over new rules passed by the ruling party that would drastically limit the independence of the judiciary.
Protesters see moves by the populist governing Law and Justice party as an assault on the country’s democratic foundations, accusing party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski of behaving in an authoritarian way to cement his power.
People waved flags of the European Union and Poland as they gathered in the evening in front of the presidential palace in the capital. They called on President Andrzej Duda to veto legislation that would put the Supreme Court and other areas of the judiciary under the party’s control.
Polish media reported that other protests were taking place in cities across Poland and Europe.
The legislation quickly passed both houses of parliament in recent days and now awaits Duda’s signature to take effect.
Anti-government protesters raise candles Sunday as they gather in front of the Supreme Court in Warsaw, Poland.