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    Mass protests in Poland against the reform of the country's judicial system are being financed by large media conglomerates, international corporations and banks in an attempt to overthrow the Polish government, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, the Polish Senate approved a controversial bill that would allow to send the nation's Supreme Court judges into retirement as well as two other bills last week as part of the judicial overhaul, sparking mass protests across the country.

    "Big money and influence stand behind this [protests]. These are media conglomerates, banks and international corporations. These powers are now intervening in the situation in Poland," Waszczykowski said as broadcast by local television.

    Polish opposition parties and some European leaders "did not accept" the results of presidential and parliamentary elections in Poland, the foreign minister stressed.

    "We see attempts to overthrow the government. The question of courts, reforms… is only an excuse," Waszczykowski noted.

    Earlier in the day, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in a televised address that he planned to veto the law on the Supreme Court and the law on the National Council of the Judiciary in light of the protests.

    On July 19, the European Commission discussed Poland's judicial reforms in the course of a meeting in Brussels drawing a conclusion that these reforms would have a very negative impact on the judiciary and would threaten the rule of law in the country.


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