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Poles Rally in Support of Government's Overhaul of Judiciary

Saturday, 08 February 2020 09:37 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles rallied Saturday in Warsaw to show their support for the country's right-wing government as it brings to completion an almost total overhaul of the justice system to put it under government control.

Those who rallied in front of the Constitutional Tribunal described the legislative changes as a matter of national sovereignty. They urged the government not to back down in its stand-off with the European Union, which has sharply criticized the judicial overhaul.

The rally came four days after President Andrzej Duda, who is aligned with the ruling party, signed into law much-criticized legislation that gives politicians the power to fine and fire judges whose actions and decisions they consider harmful.

That law comes after more than four years of changes to the judicial system by the ruling Law and Justice party.

The EU and many Polish judges say the changes violate the separation of powers essential in a democracy.

The pro-government rally included speakers who described the new legislation as necessary to clean up what they denounced as a corrupt “caste” of judges working since the communist era.

Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski sent a letter that was read out in which he said: “There cannot be talk of a just Poland without a proper functioning of the justice system.”

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