Coronavirus: Warsaw’s street empty as public gatherings banned | AFP

Warsaw’s streets are empty after Poland banned public gatherings of more than two people and restricted freedom of movement in fight against the spread of coronavirus. IMAGES

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Today in History for January 17th

Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Thousands rally in Warsaw against controversial judicial bill | AFP

Thousands of citizens and hundreds of judges and prosecutors from all over Europe rally in Warsaw against a controversial law which could punish judges who question the government’s controversial court reforms, a legislative move that critics argue undermines judicial independence. The lower house of parliament adopted the legislation proposed by the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party last month. IMAGES

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In Poland, protests against draft law targeting critics of judicial reforms | AFP

Thousands of Poles demonstrate outside Parliament in Warsaw and in about 100 cities against a draft law designed to punish judges challenging controversial ongoing judicial reforms. from the protestN°1N64K4

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Tens of thousands join far-right Independence Day march in Poland | AFP

Poland’s far right attracts tens of thousands to a march in Warsaw to mark the country’s Independence Day just weeks after making significant gains in national elections. This year’s march comes a month after Poland’s Confederation, a new far-right libertarian coalition, won nine seats in the October 13 parliamentary elections.

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Polish far-right groups march, filling Warsaw streets with red smoke | AFP

Polish far-right groups demonstrate in the country’s capital, holding up banners and taking to the streets with red flares on the country’s National Independence Day. IMAGES

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Polish far-right groups gather for march in Warsaw | AFP

Polish far-right groups gather for a march in the country’s capital. In October’s elections, Confederation, a new far-right libertarian coalition known for its anti-EU views, made it over the five percent threshold to enter parliament with 11 seats. IMAGES

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Poles react to win for governing conservatives in election | AFP

Poles in Warsaw react to the results of the weekend’s general election which handed victory to the governing right-wing populist party. With 82.79 percent of votes counted, the Law and Justice party (PiS) had 45.16 percent of the popular vote in Sunday’s poll, far ahead of the main centrist opposition Civic Coalition (KO) with 26.10 percent.

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Polish politician Robert Biedron votes in the parliamentary elections | AFP

Robert Biedron, the leader of the progressive Spring party, votes in Warsaw in the country’s parliamentary elections. IMAGES

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski casts his vote in Poland’s parliamentary election | AFP

The leader of Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party Jaroslaw Kaczynski casts his vote in Warsaw in the country’s parliamentary election. According to the latest polls, his party is set to win. While critics say the PiS’s judicial reforms violate the rule of law, pushing Poland away from its EU partners and ushering in a creeping authoritarianism, supporters hail its welfare measures, including a popular child allowance, pension and wage hikes, all aimed at creating an effective social safety net. IMAGES

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Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska casts her vote in Warsaw | AFP

Poland’s former deputy parliament speaker and opposition candidate for prime minister Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska casts her vote with her husband in the country’s parliamentary election. IMAGES

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Renia Spiegel, ‘Poland’s Anne Frank’, gets her due | AFP

Stowed for several decades in a bank safe, the diary of Renia Spiegel, a young Polish Jew who was murdered at the age of 18 by the Nazis in 1942 and nicknamed “the Polish Anne Frank”, has now been published and adapted to the big screen. The Polish premiere of the film “Broken Dreams”, telling the story of Renia Spiegel and her sister during the Nazi occupation, took place this month in Warsaw, attended by members of Spiegel’s family.

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Fridays for Future: Climate strike in the Polish capital | AFP

People take to the streets of Polish capital Warsaw as part of the global Fridays for Future climate strike. Young people from around the world are leading a massive coordinated strike from school on Friday to protest government and business inaction on climate change. It is likely to be one of the largest environmental protests in history. The strikes are inspired by Greta Thunberg, who rose to fame after she began sitting outside the Swedish parliament in August last year to get members to act on climate change. IMAGES of the climate strike in Warsaw

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Japanese royals meet Polish president and his wife in Warsaw | AFP

Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko kicked off a visit to Poland and Norway by meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the presidential palace in Warsaw. IMAGES

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Historical amnesia? Russia excluded from project to design Sobibor death camp exhibition

A diplomatic spat is brewing over a memorial at a former Nazi death camp in Poland.

Russia is appealing to the European Council after its bid to take part was rejected out-of-hand by Warsaw.

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Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hails as a breakthrough a conference in Warsaw where he is standing side-by-side with Arab powers to confront Iran, hoping their common front can pave the way to greater normalisation of relations.