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Massive anti-government protest in Warsaw over 'constitutional violation'

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 00:51

Tens of thousands protest in the center of the Polish capital against what they say is a violation of the country's constitution by the ruling PiS party, and call for President Andrzej Duda to step down. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Waving banners and chanting for Polish President Andrzej Duda to step down, tens of thousands marched through Warsaw on Saturday (December 12) to protest against what they called the "democratorship" of the month-old conservative government, as Poland remained locked in a constitutional crisis. Waving Polish and European Union flags, the protesters chanted: "We want the constitution, not a revolution," demanding the government respect the rule of law. The constitutional clash began when the eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party, which scored a landmark election win in October, appointed five out of 15 judges to the highest judicial body, in a move the opposition described as illegal. PiS has said judges in the constitutional court need to be replaced to ensure the balance of power in the body. Gaining control of the court is crucial for the party. It may determine whether PiS is able to implement its flagship policy plans, such as overhauling the retirement system and curbing foreign ownership of banks, moves the court could block.

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Massive anti-government protest in Warsaw over 'constitutional violation'

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 00:51