Concerns about Poland’s exit from the EU drove more than 100,000 people onto the streets in Warsaw and other cities in the country on Sunday.
In the capital alone, according to the organizers, 80,000 to 100,000 people demonstrated against the conflict between the government and the constitutional court with EU institutions and for the country to remain in the community of states. “We stay,” the demonstrators chanted and waved the flags of Poland and the EU. Similar protests took place in more than 100 cities and towns.
At the rally in Warsaw, among others, the former Prime Minister and former EU Council President Donald Tusk, who leads the liberal-conservative party Civic Platform, spoke. This stated:
“We know why they want to leave the EU. So that they can violate democratic rules with impunity.”
He expressed the fears of demonstrators such as 59-year-old Janusz Kuczynski. “Just as Brexit suddenly became a reality, which nobody expected, the same thing can happen here,” said Kuczynski.
Poland has long been criticized by the EU Commission and other member states for violating democratic rights and community rules. The Constitutional Court recently ruled that the EU Treaty was subordinate to the Polish constitution. The national-conservative ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) sees its position as confirmed by the fact that EU law does not take precedence over the law of the individual member states. The PiS also emphasized that there were no plans for the country to leave the EU, for which the term “Polexit” had already been coined.
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