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Thousands attend Polish pro-democracy rally

Supporters of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy (KOD) movement demonstrate in Warsaw on June 4, 2016Tens of thousands of people marched across downtown Warsaw on Saturday protesting against government policies they believe threaten democracy, as the country marked the 27th anniversary of its first taste of electoral freedom. Former presidents Bronislaw Komorowski and Aleksander Kwasniewski led the crowd — of around 50,000 people according to city or 10,000 according to police — as they chanted “Freedom! Equality! Democracy!” and waved EU and Polish flags. The rallies were organised by the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD), a movement that sprung up in opposition to the policies adopted by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that came into power in November.

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