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Demonstrators in Poland vow to continue parliament protest

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 01:09

Protesters in Poland angry at the government's plans to restrict journalists' access to Parliament have vowed to continue their fight on the fourth day of protests

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesters outside Poland's parliament building in Warsaw vowed to continue their demonstrations on Monday (December 19) against plans by the government to restrict journalists' access to parliament. Polish opposition lawmakers who accuse the ruling PiS party of undermining democracy and the constitution occupied the main hall of parliament for a fourth day as efforts to defuse the country's biggest political standoff in years continued. President Andrzej Duda will meet later with the speaker of parliament Marek Kuchcinski and Law and Justice (PiS) party chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski to discuss the situation. Duda, a PiS ally, held a meeting with opposition leaders on Sunday (December 18). Outside parliament, one of the demonstrators, Jan Babiuch-Hall, said they are staying put. "We're going to stay here until we see results. Until the democratic process is restored, until free press and the public has access to this building," he said. The political crisis began last week when the PiS announced plans to curb media access to parliament and escalated on Friday (December 16) when a vote on the 2017 budget was moved outside parliament's main chamber, with the opposition and media excluded.

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Demonstrators in Poland vow to continue parliament protest

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 01:09