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Mon Aug 30, 2021, 01:07 PM

Activists block court on eve of key ruling in Poland

Source: AP

By VANESSA GERA

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A group of pro-democracy activists in Poland entered the grounds of the country’s constitutional court in an act of civil disobedience Monday, on the eve of an expected court ruling critical to the country’s future relationship with the rest of the European Union.

Some stood outside with a large banner that said “Civic Shutdown of the ex-Constitutional Tribunal.” As smoke bombs sent black plumes into the air, a smaller group made it to the court’s main entrance. They had brought boards and nails hoping to nail the door shut, but didn’t manage to do that.

Police dragged them away as others chanted “This is not a court!”

Judges of the Constitutional Tribunal are scheduled to convene on Tuesday to decide which has primacy — Poland’s own constitution or the law of the 27-member European Union.



Police remove one of several protesters who had blocked the entrance of the country's constitutional court in an act of civil disobedience in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday Aug. 30, 2021. The protest took place on the eve of an expected court ruling critical to the country's future relationship with the rest of the European Union. Judges of the Constitutional Tribunal are scheduled to convene on Tuesday to decide what has primacy — the central European nation's own constitution or the law of the 27-member bloc. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)


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