Poland protests: Crowds renew calls for press freedom – BBC News

Demonstrators in the Polish capital Warsaw have renewed their protest against government plans to restrict journalists’ access to parliament.Crowds gathered outside the presidential palace on Saturday morning and then marched to parliament.On Friday protesters blockaded the parliament building, leading to a late-night stand-off with police.Poland’s populist right-wing government wants to limit the number of reporters allowed to cover parliament.But opposition MPs accuse it of trying to stifle press freedom.Poles hold rival rallies as Kaczynski warns oppositionCourt clash with Polish governmentPoland’s tussle over abortion banAmid a heavy police presence, a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered outside the presidential palace on Saturday chanting “freedom, equality, democracy”. Some held up copies of the constitution.The crowd later marched to the parliament building where opposition MPs are staging a sit-in.In extraordinary scenes on Friday, opposition MPs blockaded the parliamentary plenary chamber, forcing MPs from the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party into another room to vote on next year’s budget.It was the first time since the restoration of democracy in 1989 that such a vote was held outside the main chamber of parliament.

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