Protest in New York over criticism of Poland 18.01.2016 11:52 About 150 Poles and people of Polish origin have demonstrated outside the German consulate in New York, protesting against criticism of Poland by politicians from Germany.
The demonstrators voiced support for Poland’s new Law and Justice (PiS) government, which has faced a barrage of criticism over controversial changes it has introduced to the media and judiciary. PiS has denied undermining democracy in Poland.
One of the banners wielded by the protestors in New York read: “European Union, Hands Off Poland.”
Last week, the European Commission announced a probe into whether controversial laws pushed through by PiS violate EU standards. Meanwhile, a debate about Poland is to be held at the European Parliament on Tuesday.
The head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, who hails from Germany, recently said that the Polish government is practicing “Putin-style” politics.
Seventy-five percent of Poles living in America who voted in Poland’s October parliamentary elections backed PiS. ( - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/236946,Protest-in-New-York-over-criticism-of-Poland#sthash.fPnKcVfP.dpuf
A very small group if you compare it to the large demonstrations against the Polish government in several Polish cities.
Here you are, a bigger one. Counter-protest The counter-protest, staged by nationalists, conservatives and religious organisations, was held under the slogan “Poland Have Courage.” It urged Law and Justice not to be cowed by what government supporters describe as cliques who cannot come to terms with losing the privileges they enjoyed under the previous centrist Civic Platform (PO) administration. The counter-demonstration was attended by 4,500 people, according to police, while Warsaw City Hall put the figure at 2,500. Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński rejected claims that his party was opposed to the EU, saying: “We want to be members of the European Union because we want to have an impact on the fate of Europe.” But Robert Winnicki, an MP and head of the National Movement (Ruch Narodowy), said the counter-march aimed to voice opposition to KOD, the "dictates of Brussels" and any moves to accept refugees in Poland. He said a "leftist-liberal gangrene is destroying Europe. It’s a multicultural cancer." Winnicki added: "The EU tries to limit Poland's sovereignty and interfere with what's happening in Poland. There are forces in Poland whom we call collaborators, who collaborate with Brussels." - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/251790,Mass-protest-and-countermarch-in-Warsaw#sthash.Tq6qUoBJ.dpuf