Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

Polish Minister Threatens to Prosecute Opposition Protesters

Warsaw police published 21 photos of the unidentified people on their website, saying they might be connected to acts amounting to a "violation of the legal order"

Demonstrators gather outside the Parliament building during a protest in Warsaw, Poland, January 11, 2017, photo: Reuters/Adam Stepien/Agencja Gazeta
By Reuters Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
8 months ago

WARSAW – Poland’s government backed the disputed publication of pictures of some protesters who demonstrated outside parliament last month, saying on Wednesday they should face prosecution.

Warsaw police published 21 photos of the unidentified people on their website, saying they might be connected to acts amounting to a “violation of the legal order” during the protest over a now-dropped plan to limit media access to parliament.

The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, however, said publishing the images lacked any legal basis and would have a “chilling effect” on all those who wanted to protest in Poland in the future. None of those pictured have been charged.

The government of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in 2015, has already been accused by the European Union executive of passing legislation that is at odds with the EU’s democratic values and weakening judicial independence.

Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said police had identified 80 people who attempted to “ignite a riot” on Dec. 16 around parliament.

“The people whose photos have been published – we are asking them to come forward … so they are held responsible for breaking the law,” Błaszczak told journalists.

The police are asking anybody recognizing the people to provide information. State television also aired some of the images of the protesters on Wednesday.

“There is no legal basis for publishing these images. These people are not suspects,” said Piotr Kladoczny of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, which is prominent in eastern Europe. “This will have a chilling effect on people who want to demonstrate.”

Once considered a model of a transition from post-Communism to democracy, Poland has been criticized over the past year by human rights groups for action they say poses risks to the rule of law, freedom of the media and civil rights.

“We are dealing here with abuse of power (by the police),” former interior minister and lawyer Ryszard Kalisz told broadcaster TVN24. “The whole legal society is appalled.”

During the protest, police forcibly broke up an hours-long blockade of the parliament by demonstrators who backed a sit-in inside the plenary hall by opposition lawmakers.

Television images showed back then some protesters shouting at ruling party lawmakers as they walked out of parliament.

A spokesman for the Warsaw prosecutor’s office, Michal Dziekanski, said police had a right to publish images of people whose identity had not been determined.

“It is not the political aspect that is important for us, but stories connected with using violence against other people,” Dziekanski said.

He said that one person whose image was published had contacted the police and been charged with verbal abuse, which is a crime in Poland.

MARCIN GOETTIG
LIDIA KELLY

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Mexico

Earthquake Death Toll Rises

8 hours ago
Mexico

After Quakes, Mexico Volcano Spews Vapor ...

8 hours ago
Mexico

Mexican Experts Rush to Inspect Damaged ...

14 hours ago
World

South Korea Says Natural North Korea Ear ...

18 hours ago
Most Popular

7.1 Magnitude Quake Kills 139 as Buildui ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

New Earthquake, Magnitude 6.1, Shakes Ji ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Hurricane Max Forecast to Hit Southern M ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Airport Cannot Be Demolished After Suspe ...

By Ángel Álvarez
Mexico

After Quakes, Mexico Volcano Spews Vapor ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico