Hundreds of government opponents protest in front of the parliament building in Warsaw, on July 16, 2017 against new legislation that reorganizes Poland’s judiciary and puts judges under political influence. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI
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Thousands of government opponents gathered in Warsaw and other cities in Poland on Sunday to protest the latest changes in legislation that reorganized the judiciary.The legislation that was adopted last week has drawn condemnation from European Union politicians and from Poland's opposition. They say it violates judicial independence and the rule of law.Under the new legislation, lawmakers appoint members of the National Council of the Judiciary, which draws up and enforces ethical guidelines for judges, reviews judicial candidates and seeks opinions on new rules and regulations to ensure they are constitutional.
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