European judges join silent rally to defend Polish justice (The Guardian)

Photograph: Grzegorz Żukowski via Flickr

Judges from 20 European countries joined their Polish counterparts on a silent march of protest through Warsaw on Saturday, in an unprecedented public display of international judicial solidarity.

Wearing their robes, the judges, along with thousands of demonstrators from across the country, were marching against repressive new measures aimed at Polish judges that the president of the supreme court warned could lead to Poland’s eventual departure from the EU.

The protest made its way from the Polish supreme court through central Warsaw to the parliament building. Countries represented included the Netherlands, Norway and Bulgaria. Demonstrators shouted “Bravo!” and “Thank you!” as the European judges walked past in silence.

You can read my report for the Guardian here.

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