Poles who support EU membership have protested throughout the country amid worries that the country could exit the club.
Poland’s highest court declared on Thursday that crucial EU laws were “incompatible” with the country’s constitution.
Protests were held in over 100 towns and cities, according to organizers, with 100,000 people coming out in Warsaw, the capital.
The court’s judgment fundamentally overturned the fundamental concept that EU law takes precedence over national law.
Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s Prime Minister, has justified the decision. “We are entitled to the same rights as other nations. We demand that these rights be upheld “Following the ruling, he posted on Facebook.
He also stated that “Poland’s position in the European family of countries is and will be,” and that his party has no ambitions for what has been dubbed “Polexit.”
The demonstrations were attended by opposition politicians, activists, and artists.
Donald Tusk, the former president of the European Council and now the head of the opposition Civic Platform, called on people to “protect a European Poland” during a demonstration in the capital.
At one of the events, Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, a 94-year-old veteran of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against Nazi German occupation, spoke.
“This is our Europe, and no one is going to take it away from us,” she declared.
Leaders from around the EU slammed Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal’s decision on Thursday.
This is the latest in a series of growing spats between the EU and Poland.