A priest and some 50 supporters of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party on Sunday sought to “exorcise” the leading Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza in an anti-media protest.
After a march in which protesters denounced the “lies of the media” the priest recited an exorcism prayer before the newspaper’s ultramodern headquarters, an AFP journalist reported.
The protesters arrived at the building with an icon of the Virgin Mary and a sign reading “Rosary crusade for the Motherland”. They were greeted by a flurry of leaflets which included cartoons defending freedom of speech.
A large banner hung from the Gazeta Wyborcza building read “Constitution without censorship”.