• New anti-govt demos in Poland after parliament blockade

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    WARSAW: Poland’s political crisis crossed a new threshold this weekend, with parliament blockaded by protesters, its main chamber taken hostage by opposition lawmakers and critics claiming media freedom had been threatened.

    Fresh protests kicked off Saturday in Warsaw, with several thousand demonstrators waving Polish flags, blasting air horns and chanting “Stop the devastation of Poland”.

    They marched to the heavily guarded parliament building to voice anger at the governing rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party and measures including its plans to impose new restrictions on media coverage of the chamber.

    “I don’t want to see Poland turned upside down” by the PiS, a protester in her 60s, Malgorzata Kramarz, told AFP on Saturday.

    AFP

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