Protests grow against Poland’s new government

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Thousands of city residents attend a demonstration in Poznan, 19 December 2015.

Protests grow against Poland’s new government


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Not too long ago, Poland was considered the brightest star among the former communist countries of Central Europe. So much has changed in the last few weeks.

As reported by the online news site The Daily Beast, Poland is having a very rough transition from one ruling party to another. This became apparent to Nato and the rest of the world on December 18 when Polish military police raided the headquarters of the Nato-affiliated counterintelligence centre in Warsaw.

In response, the defence ministry explained that the Polish officer who had served as head of the centre was insubordinate.

According to The Daily Beast, the raid is just one incident in a season of growing uncertainty.

On December 19, tens of thousands of Poles flooded the streets in more than 20 large cities to protest the rule of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), which won parliamentary elections in October.

It should be noted that it was the party’s promise to extend social benefits (early retirement, tax exemptions, second child monthly allowances) that grabbed votes, not matters of geopolitics.

According to The Daily Beast, polls already show declining support for Law and Justice and the rapid growth of the opposition, including a newly born liberal party called Modern Poland. If elections were held today, Law and Justice would be relegated once again to opposition.

Such a rapid deterioration in a party’s support is unprecedented in Poland.

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