Polish police briefly detained a Polish opposition lawmaker on Tuesday for disrupting Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s election speech, in violation of parliamentary privilege.
Critics of Morawiecki’s right-wing government condemned the police action as an example of the deterioration of the rule of law.
Kinga Gajewska, a lawmaker, interrupted Morawiecki’s speech with a megaphone in the town of Otwock, near Warsaw.
Broadcaster TVN24 reported that opposition politicians were holding a rally near Morawiecki.
Gajewska used a megaphone to relay information about the suspect to listeners. visa scandal The case involved some consular officials who allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for granting visas to Africans and Asians.
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Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is trying to downplay the scandal as it fights an unprecedented third consecutive term in elections.
Marcin Kielwiński, secretary general of Citizens United, the electoral alliance to which Gažewska, 33, belongs, condemned the detention.
“These are Belarusian standards,” Kiawiński said. “Police detained her even though she reiterated that she was her MP.”
Police released a statement saying they did not know she was a member of Congress.
A video posted by main opposition leader Donald Tusk shows police putting her in a van despite people telling them she was an MP.