Poland: 'Christmas Eve with the Constitution' demo held outside presidential palace

Protesters held a 'Christmas Eve with the Constitution' demonstration outside the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Sunday evening, as protests continue following the government's proposed judicial reform. Speakers at the protest spoke of unwelcome 'gifts' from the ruling Law and Justice party like unconstitutional acts and the resulting conflict with the EU. Addressing the crowd, lawyer and... Еще Free Courts Initiative campaigner Michal Wawrykiewicz told demonstrators to continue their struggle. «Five months ago, the President promised, by vetting the bill, that he would create laws that would not be so controversial, and they would therefore be acceptable to most. Unfortunately, these laws are unacceptable to the majority and that's because the majority did not have the opportunity to discuss this issue with the President», he said. Poland's President Andrzej Duda signed legislation on Wednesday to overhaul the country's judicial system. The European Union responded by invoking Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty and open the first ever investigation into a member state's respect for the rule of law.

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