Poles protest court changes for eighth day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

AP/ALIK KEPLICZ

Anti-gov­ern­ment protesters raise can­dles Sun­day as they gather in front of the Supreme Court in Warsaw, Poland.

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