Polish police briefly arrested a Polish opposition lawmaker on Tuesday, violating her parliamentary immunity, after she interrupted a campaign speech by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Critics of Morawiecki’s right-wing government have denounced the police’s behavior, calling it an example of the deterioration of the rule of law.
MP Kinga Gajewska used a megaphone to interrupt a speech by Morawiecki in Otwock, a town near Warsaw.
TVN24 reported that opposition politicians were holding a rally near Morawiecki’s rally.
Gajewska used her megaphone to address listeners with information about an alleged visa scandal involving some consular workers who allegedly accepted 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 fights for an unprecedented third consecutive term.
Marcin Kierwinski, secretary general of the Civic Coalition electoral alliance to which Gajewska, 33, belongs, denounced this detention.
“These are Belarusian standards,” Kierwinski said. “The police arrested her while she repeated that she was an MP.”
Police released a statement saying they did not know she was an MP.
A video posted by Donald Tusk, the main opposition leader, shows police putting her in the van even as people were telling police she was an MP.