- Title: Warsaw protests against judicial shake-up continue
- Date: 20th July 2017
- Summary: WARSAW, POLAND (â€ªJULY 19, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE PROTESTING IN FRONT OF THE POLISH PARLIAMENT, SHOUTING: (Polish) "We will overthrow the dictatorship." OPPOSITION LAWMAKER ELZBIETA RADZISZEWSKA ON STAGE, SHOUTING (Polish): "(Kaczynski) you will go to the jail." PEOPLE SHOUTING, (Polish): "(Kaczynski) you will go to the jail." (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) OPPOSITION LAWMAKER, ELZBIETA RADZISZEWSKA, SAYING (ON STAGE): "There are lots of bad things in this bill which destroy what we have in Poland today. Because of this we cannot just vote on it without talking, especially as they did not give us a chance for any talks." CROWD OF PEOPLE APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) PROTESTER, AGNIESZKA, SAYING: "PiS (Law and Justice Party) wants to take over all the power, every kind of a power, including executive and legislative power, and also judicial (power)." (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) PROTESTER, JACEK DENEL, SAYING: "The president proposed to replace one bill that breaks the constitution with another bill that breaks the constitution, this does not makes any difference." PROTESTERS CLAPPING (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) PROTESTER, MACIEJ, SAYING: "Tragedy, chutzpah, subversion. I do not know how to call it. Something frightening." (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) PROTESTER, SLAWEK, SAYING: "I think this is strategy of 3/4. They (the ruling party) made step forward, then half a step back, but in fact they push what they really care about." PEOPLE SHOUTING, (Polish): "Free courts."
- Embargoed: 3rd August 2017 00:31
- Keywords: protest Warsaw judiciary judicial reforms
- Location: WARSAW, POLAND
- City: WARSAW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QDXAH3
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- Story Text: Thousands of people gathered in front of the parliament building in Warsaw for another night on Wednesday (July 19) to protest against the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party's judicial reforms.
Political opponents, rights groups and the European Union say it undermines separation of power between the executive and the judiciary.
While PiS remains broadly popular among Poles, thousands have been protesting daily against the plans.
The European Union on Wednesday (July 19) gave Warsaw a week to halt the shake-up, which it said would put courts under direct government control, or face punishment for undermining democracy in the largest ex-communist member of the bloc.
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