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In Poland, “about a million” protesters demonstrate against the government

In Poland, “about a million” protesters demonstrate against the government

“About a million people” Assembled, Sunday 1There is October, the town hall announced the beginning of a large anti-government march in the center of Warsaw. “It was absolutely the biggest demonstration in Warsaw’s history.”Monika Beuth, town hall spokeswoman, told Agence France-Presse.

“Looking at these hundreds of thousands of smiling faces, I feel that a decisive moment in the history of our motherland is about to come.”Donald Tusk, leader of the centrist group Civic Platform (PO), announced the march earlier in the day.

The “March of a Million Hearts”, Mr Tusk, former Prime Minister and former President of the European Council, started at noon. For him, it means “One of the Greatest Events” Modern Poland will be one in history “Largest demonstrations in recent years in Europe”.

“They won’t intimidate us, they won’t keep quiet. It is necessary for all of Poland to see that no one is afraid of them anymore.Targeting the Law and Justice party (PiS), which has been in power for eight years, Mr. Tusk announced.

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Donald Tusk, the leader of the opposition and head of the centrist Civic Platform (PO) bloc, marches alongside Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaszkowski during the One Million Hearts March in the Polish capital, October 1, 2023.

“Our freedom has been curtailed”

Participants gathered in Warsaw from all over Poland from early Sunday morning. Kazimierz Fixel says it took seven hours to reach the capital from the southwest of the country.

“We are tired of what we are witnessing today. Our freedom has been curtailed. We want democracy for our children and grandchildren.”The 65-year-old declared, waving the flags of Poland and the European Union (EU).

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Former president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa announced his participation in the march, as did several opposition leaders. “We Know What You Fear Most: Collaboration Within the Opposition”New Left Party co-chair Wlodzimierz Czarzasty announced in a speech to Deputy Prime Minister and PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

A protester waves a European flag and a Polish flag during the March of a Million Hearts in Warsaw on October 1, 2023.
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Despite numerous conflicts with the EU and accusations of undermining the rule of law, according to the IBRiS poll, Mr. Kaczynski’s Populist Nationalist Party has a comfortable lead in the poll with 35% of voting intentions. According to the same survey, Donald Tusk’s coalition is in second place, supported by 27% of voters.

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According to Tusk, however, the Law and Justice Party’s lead has recently shrunk to two percentage points, according to polls commissioned by his party. “Nothing decided yet”He told the crowd in Elblock, promising to hold incumbents accountable at the end of the election. “Many of them will go to jail for theft and violation of the law and the constitution.”He insisted.

On Sunday, PiS leaders are holding their own rally in the southern city of Katowice. Bartlomiej Bielá made the reverse journey from Katowice to the capital to participate in an opposition rally and protest. “What’s Happening in Poland”. “Breaking down basic civil rights and women’s freedom to choose their lifestyle, pitting poles against each other…I hope the march will mobilize people to change this.”The 29-year-old wishes.

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The world with AFP