Protests underway in Poland over controversial Court Law

Protesters gathered in Warsaw against plans to transfer powers from the supreme court to parliament

Protesters gathered in Warsaw against plans to transfer powers from the supreme court to parliament

The protests organized by the opposition, people came with banners and flags, they are ready for unlimited action.

According to a spokesman for Warsaw police, Sylwester Marczak, Sunday's rally attracted up to 4,500 participants.

Sunday's demonstrations were the latest in a string of anti-government protests since the conservative and populist Law and Justice party took political control in 2015.

Protesters waved European Union and Polish flags and shouted "we will defend democracy" at an afternoon demonstration in front of the parliament, which this week passed legislation that critics say gives the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party power over the courts. "The reform gives the politicians power over the judges", said Barbara Dolniak of the opposition Modern party.

(Vatican Radio) Protests are planned after Poland's Parliament rushed through a controversial law that will enable the government to appoint judges without consultation with judicial circles.

Both texts were adopted earlier this week by the lower house of parliament and now they need only to be signed by President Andrzej Duda, who is closely allied with the PiS, to become law.

A Polish opposition party said Saturday it had urged leaders of global organizations to send observers to parliament to oversee voting on a law that would force the entire Supreme Court into retirement and impose ministerial control over the selection of judges.

Those gathered, who included government critics and leaders of some opposition parties, argued the changes would limit judicial independence and threaten the separation of powers in the country. The tribunal is the body charged with ruling on whether laws passed by the parliament are in accordance with the constitution.

PiS is accused of placing party loyalists on another top court, the Constitutional Tribunal, soon after winning the September 2016 election.

PiS supporters argue that the 1989 agreement that led to a gradual - and peaceful - end to communism in Poland didn't go far enough and in effect shielded ex-communists from prosecution after 1989.

The right-wing nationalist government claims the reforms are needed because the judiciary is corrupt and serves only the elite.

About live reported the correspondent of Channel 24 from Warsaw.

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