Poland: Riot police clash violently with anti-lockdown protesters in Warsaw

Several arrests were made as riot police and protesters clashed violently at an anti-confinement demonstration in Warsaw on Saturday. At least once police officer and several protesters were injured. Paramedics on site could be seen carrying one of the injured protesters away on a stretcher. Pepper spray was also allegedly used by police. The demonstration was triggered by a call from one of the... Еще presidential candidates, Pawel Tanajno, stirring up the demand to reopen the economy and appeal for greater government assistance. Poland enforced an early lockdown, limiting the spread of coronavirus, and have since been easing restrictions, but some protesters view the confinement as an infringement on freedom. Some of the protesters reportedly tried to reach the headquarters of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), but were prevented from doing so by the riot police. Presidential elections are expected to take place in Poland in June or July, with President Andrzej Duda attempting to be re-elected.

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