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Protesters blocked all exits from the parliament building in Poland
09:39, 17 December 2016
Protesters blocked all exits from the parliament building in Poland

Earlier, the opposition refused to participate in the session of the Sejm in protest against restrictions on access of media representatives to the hearings

09:39, 17 December 2016

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In Warsaw, thousands of protesters blocked all exits from the building of the Polish Sejm. They do not allow the deputies to leave the parliament building, as they claim that next year's budget was passed with violations. At this point it is not known how many deputies can not leave the building of the Sejm because of the blockade. More than a hundred police officers gathered near the building of the Polish Parliament and encircled it.

It was reported by Reuters.

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Yesterday afternoon on December 16 opposition blocked the work of the Sejm, refusing to participate in the meeting in protest against restrictions on access of media representatives to the hearings. According to the new rules, starting from next year only five Polish broadcasters will be able to conduct record of the meetings. The initiators of these restrictions stated that journalists distract MPs asking unnecessary questions. The deputies of the opposition parties considered innovation as restriction of freedom of speech and stood at the rostrum of the Sejm’s Speaker for a few hours, hampering the vote on 2017 budget this way. After that, the vote was postponed to another room by the decision of deputies of the ruling party.

Now the opposition accuses the deputies of the "Law and Justice" party in power that they accepted the budget for the next year with violations of the law. According to them, the deputies were not allowed to carry the vote to another room, and it was illegitimate.

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