Polish police on Tuesday briefly detained an opposition Polish lawmaker in violation of his parliamentary immunity after he disrupted a campaign speech by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Critics of Morawiecki’s right-wing government condemned police behavior as an example of a decline in the rule of law.
The lawmaker, Kinga Gajewska, was using a megaphone to interrupt Morawiecki’s speech in Otwock, a town near Warsaw.
Broadcaster TVN24 reported that opposition politicians were holding a rally near Morawiecki.
Gajewska reportedly used her megaphone to brief the audience visa scam This also includes some consular employees who are reported to have taken bribes in exchange for granting visas to Africans and Asians.
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Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has sought to downplay the scandal as it seeks an unprecedented third consecutive term.
Marcin Kierwinski, general secretary of the Civic Coalition electoral alliance, to which Gajewska, 33, belongs, condemned the detention.
“These are Belarusian standards,” Kiervinsky said. “The police took him into custody even though he repeated that he was a Member of Parliament.”
The police issued a statement saying that they were not aware that he was an MLA.
A video posted by main opposition leader Donald Tusk showed police putting him in a van, while bystanders told police he was an MLA.