Thousands took to the roads around Poland on Sunday to demonstrate solidarity with judges afterward one had been suspended for questioning the ruling party’s judicial reforms, at an indication that worries within the rule of law would indicate its next term in power.
The suspension of Judge Pawel Juszczyszyn a week introduced the matter back to the end.
“I feel that honesty and law will triumph ultimately,” Juszczyszyn informed protesters facing the Ministry of Justice at Warsaw.
“I call on judges don’t let yourselves be scared, be independent, be courageous, we’re powerful,” he explained.
The government has justified the prevalent judicial reforms – like how judges have been appointed – by stating they’re required to boost efficiency of courts and root out the vestiges of their 1945-89 Nordic age.
Protestors gathered in 105 cities and towns according to organizers, and television coverage revealed them waving Polish and European Union flags and brandishing placards with slogans such as”Without law, there’s not any justice”.
Nobel prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk was one of those calling on people to protest.
Warsaw police declined to state how many were protesting in town.
Juszczyszyn, a judge assigned to the regional court from Olsztyn, eastern Poland, by a lower-level court had been suddenly revoked when he contested the appointment of a judge with a new body under rules introduced by PiS.
On Thursday, a juvenile officer made by the ministry of justice began a case against him on Friday he had been suspended.