Polish Government Erects Barricades Around Parliament Amid Anti-Media Law Protests

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20173 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Authorities erected barricades early on December 20 outside Poland’s parliament buildings where protesters were expected to gather later that day.

Demonstrations began a week earlier after the country’s right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), announced media laws restricting press access to parliament. The law and the mass protests sparked a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/17/mass-protests-poland-against-new-media-laws/" target="_blank">major standoff</a> between opposition MPs and the government on December 16. On December 20, the government dropped the laws, <a href="http://www.metro.us/news/poland-s-lower-chamber-of-parliament-removes-ban-on-reporters/Lmiplt---K01HJJ3iq7mGqDz9LRXvcw/" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>.

Opposition MP Małgorzata Niemczyk shared these images that morning, showing barricades being erected around parliament. The anti-government civic action group <span class="caps">KOD</span> <a href="https://twitter.com/Kom_Obr_Dem_Int/status/811106726594412545" target="_blank">tweeted images</a> of the barricades, accusing the government of erecting an “Iron Curtain” around the building and of stifling the right to assembly.

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