Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Poland, the police force was seen forcefully removing protesters from maintaining the hours-long blockade outside the exit gates of the Parliament house on early Saturday morning in order to aid the politicians leaving the place.
The protests come as the conflict between the ruling Law and Justice (PiS)party and the opposition party turned more aggressive, with more accusations being levied against the PiS for violating the constitution.
Apparently, Marek Kuchcinski, the party’s speaker moved a key vote on next year’s budget outside the parliament and refrained the media from recording it. This has been labeled by Civic Platform head Grzegorz Schetyna as, ‘illegal’ and ‘a constitutional crisis’, reported Reuters.
Since its move from communism in 1989, this is the first incident of a sitting of the lower chamber of the parliament and a budget vote being held outside the main chamber in Poland.
The opposition claims the vote to be illegal, as there is no way to confirm that the required number of lawmakers was present for this vote. This claim has been refuted by PiS leader Kuchcinski.
According to the local media, opposition party lawmaker Jerzy Meysztowicz confirmed the use of tear gas by the police to break the blockage to help Kaczynski and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo exit the Parliament. Although the Warsaw police officials have denied this, they confirmed the use of force to remove the protesters.
Many fear that further escalation of the conflict might lead to violence, like in Ukraine during the anti-government protests in 2013 and 2014.
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