Poland: Parliament rally against Supreme Court reform

Hundreds of protesters marched on the Polish parliament in Warsaw on Tuesday, as the upper house approved changes aimed at making it easier for the ruling party to name the next chief of the Supreme Court. Demonstrators chanted on megaphones and held mirrors up to the faces of police officers, to denounce brutality at the hands of law enforcement. The Law and Justice (PiS) party say an... Еще overhaul is needed in order to break with Poland's communist past. Critics believe the reform threatens judicial independence and undermines democracy. A total of 22 Supreme Court judges were forced into early retirement this month, but Chief Judge Malgorzata Gersdorf has refused to go, saying her constitutional term expires in 2020. She has since become the symbol of resistance.

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