Crowds of people filled the centers of Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan and other cities.
Former Prime Minister and President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who now heads the country’s strongest opposition party, has called for protests. “We have to save Poland, no one else will,” according to AP Tusk.
TVN 24, an independent television station, showed footage of crowds of people gathered with the flags of Poland and the EU in Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan and other cities. According to Gazeta Wyborcza, the Warsaw metro was so crowded in the early evening with people heading for a demonstration in the city center that the crowds on the platform had to wait for the arrival of another train.
Demonstration in the center of Warsaw
Photo: Kacper Pempel, Reuters
“I am not so naive, I know that one demonstration will not lead to a change of government, but I wanted to show that Poland must be democratic and must remain in a democratic Europe,” Janusz told the opposition daily Warsaw.
“I am here to look myself in the eye, that I protested when it was needed. But I’m worried that the government will eventually get us out of the union, “added the woman, who introduced herself as Malgorzata. According to the paper, both of these 50-year-olds are worried that their peers predominate among the protesters, and they think that more young people should have come.
“I guess they’re so used to freedom that they can’t imagine losing it. They will wake up when their passports are taken away, but it may be too late, “Janusz warned.
The government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki denies that he would consider leaving the EU. However, some members of the governing party leadership have recently used rhetoric to indicate that this is their goal, the AP warns. He adds that in Poland, whose people enjoy freedom of travel and economic transformation, EU membership is extremely popular.