Nearly 100,000 people were seen on the streets of Poland demonstrating in defense of the Central European country’s membership in the European Union.
The demonstrations called by former EU President Donald Tusk came after Poland’s Constitutional Court ruled this week that Poland’s constitution repeals some EU laws, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Tens of thousands of people in Warsaw and in more than 100 cities and towns across Poland have come to protest what this government is doing to our country,” Tusk noted.
In addition, he urged people to “defend European Poland” after a wave of criticism at home and across the EU.
However, Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, dismissed the idea of ”Polexit” on Monday while asserting that “this is a harmful myth being replaced by opposition for its lack of ideas about Poland’s proper status in Europe”.
Poland’s recent protest has shed light on the country, causing many controversies among authorities in other countries as well.
EU Commissioner for Industry from France, Thierry Breton, confirmed that he does not believe there will be a Polexit policy.
At the same time, EU Commissioner for the Czech Republic Vera Jourova said, “If we do not adhere to the principle in the European Union that equal rules be respected in the same way everywhere in Europe, the whole of Europe will begin to collapse.”
In this regard, Jourova noted, “That is why we will have to respond to this new chapter that the Polish Constitutional Court has begun to draw.”
Poland’s protests follow accusations against the authorities in this country by several Western countries, including international rights watchdogs, media and courts, since 2015 when the Law and Justice (PiS) party took power.
However, a large number of Polish citizens want their country to remain in the European Union. According to a recent poll conducted by the Polish daily Gazeta Prwana, about 88 percent of Polish citizens who took part in this poll said they want Poland to remain in the European Union.
At the same time, PiS also dismissed the possibility of Polexit as an “opposition intimidation tactic,” according to the Daily Mail.
However, at the same time, PiS did not pay attention to EU court fines, EU standards on minority rights, and a free media.
According to the organizers of the protests in Poland, such protests have occurred in more than 100 places throughout Poland. According to the Daily Mail, about 100,000 people gathered in Warsaw alone.