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Protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration in central Warsaw on Dec. 12.

Protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration in central Warsaw on Dec. 12.

Photographer: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images
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With chants of “we’ll save democracy” and “nobody’s above the law,” thousands of people marched in an anti-government protest in Warsaw.

Less than a month after forming government, the Law & Justice party’s zeal in consolidating power brought people onto the streets Saturday, uniting much of the opposition against what demonstrators see as constitutional breaches by the new administration and its ally, President Andrzej Duda. An opinion poll last month showed a majority of Poles see a threat to democracy after Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s party won unprecedented power in this year’s general and presidential elections.