Tens of thousands of Poles waving national flags stage a huge anti-government march through Warsaw, leading past the presidential palace. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tens of thousands of Poles waving national flags staged a huge protest march through Warsaw on Saturday (May 7), accusing the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party that took power last year of undermining democracy and putting Poland's European future at risk. The throng stretched at least 3 km (2 miles) along a ceremonial boulevard leading past the presidential palace, and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, a member of the opposition centrist Civic Platform (PO), put the number of demonstrators at 200,000. Critics say the nationalist-minded administration is curbing democratic checks and balances and driving a wedge between Poland and its allies in the European Union, which it joined in 2004. They also say the PiS's euroscepticism could push Poland, a former Soviet satellite, back into the Russian sphere of influence. PO leader Grzegorz Schetyna told the crowd it was the largest demonstration since Poland threw off communist rule in 1989.