Walesa joins in Pol­ish protests

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WARSAW, POLAND» Pol­ish democ­racy icon and for­mer pres­i­dent Lech Walesa on Satur­day joined the protests that have bro­ken out across Poland over plans by the pop­ulist rul­ing party to put the Supreme Court and the rest of the ju­di­cial sys­tem un­der the party’s po­lit­i­cal con­trol.

The Euro­pean Union and many in­ter­na­tional le­gal ex­perts say the changes would mark a dra­matic re­ver­sal for a coun­try hailed as a model of demo­cratic tran­si­tion over the past quar­ter cen­tury, and move Poland closer to­ward au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism.

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