Major protests in Poland after the arrest of opposition MPs.

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By vexwift.com

In Poland, people took to the streets against the recently formed government of Donald Tusk.

Earlier, A right-wing party in Poland, called upon its supporters to participate in a Thursday protest in defense of freedom of speech, media and democracy against the Civic Coalition, which is the current ruling political alliance in Poland.

Background

Last month, the former prime minister faced a vote of no confidence in Poland, after which Donald Tusk was made the new prime minister by the united opposition. Donald Tusk initiated major changes in Poland as soon as he took over the government.

The previous government was refusing to support Ukraine and relations were strained by differences over its issues with the European Union.

When Donald Tusk came to power, he first announced aid to Ukraine and began efforts to restore ties with the European Union. He removed the heads of all the country’s intelligence agencies and cracked down on the state news agencies.

In December 2023, Poland’s government ordered the liquidation of 3 state media television networks, Telewizja Polska (TVP), national radio broadcaster Polskie Radio and news agency Polska Agencja Prasowa (PAP). Earlier, President Andrzej Duda vetoed the 2024 budget bill, rejecting its allocation of 3 billion zloty in funding for media until reforms are implemented.

The situation changed when the Tusk administration arrested 2 right-wing MPs, ex-head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Kamiński and his deputy. After that, people were outraged and the opposition party announced a demonstration against the government. People took to the streets in large numbers to record protests.

Thousands of protesters in Warsaw are singing the Polish national anthem. They are accusing the government for violating the constitution and the law and demanding the immediate release of arrested MPs.

“For the first time since the dark days of totalitarian rule, we have political prisoners in Poland,” former prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday.

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