The protests here have not calmed down since Friday. They’re applying constant pressure, from outside and within the halls of power in Warsaw, putting the leadership of the ruling, right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) against the ropes.
In Krakow, a few protesters gathered at the entrance to the Wawel Castle, the symbol of the Polish nation, where every month the PiS Chair Jaroslaw Kaczynski places flowers on the crypt where lies his brother Lech, who died during the Smolensk plane crash.
The spark that ignited the protest was a measure that seeks to limit the access of journalists to the local Sejm, the lower house of the Polish Parliament. And it is there in front of the parliament building where, despite the frost, protesters continue to block access to the palace. The core group of demonstrators is represented by the militants of the Committee for the Defence of Democracy, or KOD.
“We will continue to take to the streets until they cease destroying our country,” said the group’s leader, Mateusz Kijowski.