January 11 in front of the Sejm “Demonstration of Free Poles”

“We call on all Poles who care about the ideals of freedom to participate in the demonstration on January 11 at 4 p.m. in front of the Diet of the Republic of Poland,” Bochenek told PAP.

“On January 11, free Poles will demonstrate in front of the Sejm against the dictate of force and against the violation of the law by the Tusk government and the Sejm coalition,” he added.

According to the PiS spokesperson, just eight days after the new government came to power, they “accepted the migration pact”. “In the following days, they violated the constitution and laws, broke the rules of legalism and closed the doors of media that did not act according to their diktat,” he said.

Asked about the details of the protest, Bochenek replied: “On January 11, we will protest against the Tusk government’s agreement to accept illegal migrants or we will pay heavy fines for refusing to accept them, despite opposition from nearly 11 million Poles expressed in a press release. national referendum. They are, among other things, trying to hide this from the Poles. This is why the government has attacked the freedom of public media.

“We will also protest against the violation of the law by the Minister of Justice, that is, the adoption of illegal regulations that exclude legally appointed judges from the judgment and the attempt to influence the independence of judges” , added Bochenek.

The Ministry of Culture announced in a statement on Wednesday that the head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, had canceled the event on December 19 this year. current chairmen of the boards of directors of Polish Television, Polish Radio and the Polish Press Agency. The minister also appointed new corporate supervisory boards, which appointed new corporate boards of directors. The National Media Council and the current managements of media companies consider Sienkiewicz’s actions illegal.

Last Friday, Justice Minister Adam Bodnar submitted for interministerial consultation a draft amendment to the Regulations on the Operation of Common Courts. According to the proposed regulations, “requests to exclude a judge because of the manner in which he or she was appointed to judicial office will not be recognized by judges appointed in the same manner.” It was indicated that this solution “will prevent the participation of persons designated by the National Judicial Council, created after 2017, in the examination of this type of candidacy”. These judges will not be included in the allocation of cases through the random case allocation system.

On Sunday, the first president of the Supreme Court, Małgorzata Manowska, reacted negatively to the planned changes. “The most worrying thing is the fact that the new head of the Ministry of Justice begins his mandate by presenting projects aimed at violating the foundations of the constitutional order of the Republic of Poland, in particular the principle of separation of powers and the “independence of judges,” she said.

And on Wednesday, the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU announced that representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission had “reached agreement on the main political elements” of the pact on asylum and migration.

“The EU is delivering on its promise to improve the asylum and migration system. Citizens across the EU want their governments to tackle the migration challenge, and today is a big step in that direction. This reform is a key piece of the puzzle. But “The EU also remains committed to tackling the main causes of migration, working with countries of origin and transit and tackling the scourge of migrant smuggling”, said Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gomez.

The five EU legal acts whose amendments have been provisionally approved concern the control of illegal migrants after their arrival in the EU; collect biometric data; procedures for submitting and examining asylum applications; the rules for determining which Member State is responsible for examining an asylum application and for cooperation and solidarity between Member States; as well as how to manage crisis situations.

If the changes come into force, member states will have the choice between accepting refugees and contributing to the EU budget. The envisaged control system will aim to distinguish people in need of international protection from those who do not. People whose asylum applications are unlikely to be successful, such as those from India, Tunisia or Turkey, may be prevented from entering the EU and detained at the border, as may those perceived to be representing a safety risk. (PORRIDGE)

Author: Rafał Białkowski

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