Poland: Thousands protests in Warsaw as govt. forces Supreme Court judges to retire

Thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw on Tuesday, to protest against a new law introduced by the government that forces around 40 percent of the country’s 72 Supreme Court Justices into early retirement. Protesters created a symbolic shield around the court to «defend the Constitution and the Supreme Court that uphold our rights.» «Demonstrations will let the nation understand what... Еще the separation of powers is and why is that important. It’s not just important for me and my colleagues from the Supreme Court. They will still be judges. It’s important for citizens that judges are independent,» said first President of the Polish Supreme Court Małgorzata Gersdorf to the crowd. The law took effect on Tuesday and it imposes a new retirement age for judges of 65. Those who wish to work after that are required presidential assent. According to local media, Gersdorf will «go to work» tomorrow although the government forced her to retire. Protests were launched in several other cities around the country. On Monday, the European Union announced it would establish legal proceedings against Poland, as the new law attempts to infringe on the country’s judicial independence.

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