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Poland protests: Crowds renew calls for press freedom


Published: 18 December 2016 Sunday, 01:27  PM

Poland protests: Crowds renew calls for press freedom

Demonstrators in the Polish capital Warsaw have renewed their protest against government plans to restrict journalists` access to parliament, reports BBC.

Crowds gathered outside the presidential palace on Saturday morning and then marched to parliament.

Inside parliament itself, opposition MPs have continued a sit-in that began on Friday.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, in a televised address, called the MPs` actions "scandalous".

She said people were free to protest, but had to respect the views of others.

Poland`s populist right-wing government wants to limit the number of reporters allowed to cover parliament.

But opposition MPs accuse it of trying to stifle press freedom.

Amid a heavy police presence, a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered outside the presidential palace on Saturday chanting "freedom, equality, democracy". Some held up copies of the constitution.

The crowd later marched to the parliament building where they remained throughout the day.

 

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