Poland: former presidents lead 50,000 marchers in anti-government protests

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Rallies held over right-wing policies that have strained foreign ties on day marking 27 years since end of communist power. Poland’s two former presidents led about 50,000 marchers in Warsaw on Saturday to protest against the right-wing government’s policies and mark 27 years since the ousting of communism. The march was another in a series organised by a new civic movement, the Committee for the Defense of Democracy, or KOD, against the conservative government that took office in November. The government’s policies have strained Poland’s relations with the European Union and the US and angered many in Poland. But the ruling party insists it has a mandate from Poland’s voters. The nationalist government has focused on helping those left out of Poland’s economic growth and increased its grip on state institutions. The moves have paralysed the nation’s Constitutional Tribunal, put state-owned media under government control and increased police surveillance powers. The EU says Poland’s rule of law and democracy are in danger. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/05/poland-former-presidents-lead-50000-marchers-in-anti-government-protests The Guardian
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