Poland hit by protests as political unrest sweeps Warsaw - just as William and Kate jet in


Poland hit by protests as political unrest sweeps Warsaw - just as William and Kate jet in
  1. Poland hit by protests as political unrest sweeps Warsaw - just as William and Kate jet in
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    THOUSANDS of angry protestors have taken to the streets of Poland against the government’s judicial reform plans - on the eve of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip to Warsaw tod…
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Protests hit Poland on the eve of the Royal family flying in

William and Kate will kick off a royal charm offensive in Europe on the second round of Brexit negotiations alongside their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

Over the weekend Poland’s largest city was hit by mass protests as thousands rallied against the ruling party's judicial reforms, which the opposition says would kill the judges' independence and undermine democracy.

Protestors chanted “shame, shame” as they gathered in Warsaw under Polish and European Union flags, and called Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the chairman of the Law and Justice (PiS) party and the country's de facto leader, a "dictator".

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eople participate in a protest in front of the Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland

William and Kate will kick off a royal charm offensive in Europe on the second round of Brexit negotiations alongside their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The country's parliament, where the PiS party has a majority, on Friday passed a bill giving parliament a greater say in appointing judges, which critics say violates the constitutional separation of powers.

The conservative, eurosceptic PiS has also introduced draft legislation in the past week that would replace all Supreme Court judges except those chosen by the justice minister.

But PiS says the party has a democratic mandate to make the judiciary more efficient and accountable to the public.

Since winning the 2015 election the party has overhauled the constitutional court and given the Justice Ministry control over the prosecutor general's office.

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Protestors shouted 'shame on you'

Threatening to take Poland to court, the European Union executive has said these measures undermine democratic checks and balances, a charge PiS denies.

It remains unknown whether the Royal family will get caught up in the protests during their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. 

But on Sunday opposition leaders urged the protesters to remain in front of the parliament until Tuesday when lawmakers are to debate the Supreme Court…

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