Thousands rally against Polish govt as constitutional crisis deepens

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. – H.L. Mencken

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From Reuters

By WIKTOR SZARY

People hold a giant Polish national flag as they take part in a march demanding their government to respect the country’s constitution in Warsaw, Poland, March 12, 2016. REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL

 WARSAW | Tens of thousands of Poles marched through Warsaw on Saturday demanding their government respect the constitution, in an escalation of a confrontation pitting the opposition, the country’s top court and the EU against the ruling conservatives.

Waving Polish and EU flags and chanting “constitution”, the crowds on the opposition rally called on the government to recognize a court ruling against divisive legal reforms.

The eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party has faced growing criticism from the European Union, the United States and rights groups since it swept to power in October and increased controls on media and other institutions.

Poland’s constitutional court said on Wednesday that the government’s decision to increase the number…

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