Blog: “Brexit can happen here,” Poles demonstrate in favor of EU accession – Texas News Today

In October, in Warsaw, Poland, after the Constitutional Court of the State decided on the constitutional superiority over EU law, those attending a rally in support of Poland’s accession to the European Union are raising the flag. October 10, 2021. REUTERS / Kacper Pempel

October 10, 2021

Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk and Kacper Pempel

Warsaw (Reuters)-More than 100,000 Poles demonstrated on Sunday in favor of joining the European Union after a court ruling that some EU law was unconstitutional, and the country finally He expressed concern that he might leave the block.

Politicians across Europe said that the Polish Constitutional Court on Thursday was weakening the legal pillars on which the EUs of 27 countries were standing.

According to the organizers, protests took place in more than 100 towns and cities across Poland, and in several cities abroad, with 80,000 to 100,000 people gathering in the capital Warsaw alone, waving the flags of Poland and the EU. We are staying. “

Donald Tusk, a former European Council chairman and now leader of the opposition’s Civic Platform, said ruling law and Justice (PiS) party policies are jeopardizing Poland’s future in Europe. ..

“I know why they want to leave the (EU) … to allow them to violate the rules of democracy with immunity,” he said in front of the Warsaw royal palace, police flashing their lights. Surrounded by thousands of protesters surrounded by vans.

PiS says it has no plans for “Polexit.”

However, the right-wing populist governments of Poland and Hungary have found themselves in increasing conflict with the European Commission on issues ranging from LGBT rights to judicial independence.

“What no one expected could happen here, just as Brexit suddenly became a fact,” stands on the street leading to the Royal Castle in Warsaw’s historic district. Januskutinski, 59, said.

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Moravietski welcomes the court’s ruling on Thursday, each member state must be treated with respect, and the EU should not be just a “group of equal and more equal people” Said.

A state-owned TVP broadcaster, which critics say is focused on presenting government views, ran a news ticker stating “Protest against the Polish Constitution” during coverage of the event on Sunday. ..

Demonstrators included politicians, artists, and activists throughout the opposition.

“This is our Europe and no one intends to take us out of Europe,” said Wanda Trazyk-Stawska, a 94-year-old veteran of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi German occupiers.

(Report by Kacper Pempel and Anna Wlodarczak-Edited by Semczuk: Frances Kerry)

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