12:37 Sep. 25, 2016
30 thousand joined to the protest rally in Warsaw against ruling PiS party
Tens of thousands of Poles have staged a further protest in Warsaw against government policies that have also alarmed the EU, DW informs. Their march began outside the constitutional court which is facing curbs to its powers.
30 thousand protestors assembled by Poland's Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) on Saturday decried court "reforms" pushed through by the populist arch-conservative PiS government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.
Leftwing intellectual and former Solidarity dissident Adam Michnik told protestors that KOD did not want to overthrow the government but wanted what he called the "government of Jaroslaw Kaczynski" to respect Poland's existing constitution.
Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Kaczynski is widely regarded as the real powerbroker behind Szydlo's administration, although he holds no government office. Michnik said if PiS cabinet members did not comply "society will be obliged to remove them from power through democratic elections."
"We cannot accept politics that isolate Poland and trigger conflicts with neighbors," said Michnik, who is also a leading journalist.
Warsaw is facing a deadline of late October to reverse its intended constitutional court changes or face sanctions for breaching EU norms on the rule of law and democracy.
Protesters on Saturday also denounced Polish lawmakers' moves to ban abortion and criticized a newly-announced school roll-back that would reverse a 1999 reform.