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Poland: Protesters hold giant Polish flag outside parliament against judicial reforms01:47

Poland: Protesters hold giant Polish flag outside parliament against judicial reforms

Poland, Warsaw
July 21, 2017 at 01:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people rallied outside the Polish Parliament in Warsaw, Thursday, to protest against the passing of the Law and Justice party's (PiS) bill, which seeks to transfer the power to appoint Supreme Court judges from judges to parliament.

The demonstrators lit candles to show their solidarity with judges affected by the reforms and a demanded veto on the juridical reform bill, proposed by the ruling 'Law and Justice' party.

The bill passed by 235 votes to 192 and will be voted on in the upper house on Friday. If passed all Supreme Court judges will be forced into retirement. Polish President Andrzej Duda has been urged to veto the bill while group leader in European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, has called on the European Commission to trigger Article 7, which would suspend Poland's voting rights at EU level.

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Thousands of people rallied outside the Polish Parliament in Warsaw, Thursday, to protest against the passing of the Law and Justice party's (PiS) bill, which seeks to transfer the power to appoint Supreme Court judges from judges to parliament.

The demonstrators lit candles to show their solidarity with judges affected by the reforms and a demanded veto on the juridical reform bill, proposed by the ruling 'Law and Justice' party.

The bill passed by 235 votes to 192 and will be voted on in the upper house on Friday. If passed all Supreme Court judges will be forced into retirement. Polish President Andrzej Duda has been urged to veto the bill while group leader in European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, has called on the European Commission to trigger Article 7, which would suspend Poland's voting rights at EU level.

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