Last stop for democracy: on tour with Poland’s rebel judges

Vilified as enemies of the people, judges have cast off their robes, hired a minibus and gone on a nation-wide road trip to explain why they’re defending the rule of law

It could be a village festival at the end of summer. Pop music blares from loudspeakers competing with the screams of children playing. Only a few dozen local people have turned out but they listen with interest, arms folded, on the wide expanse of green.

This is Biłgoraj, a small town in south-eastern Poland not far from the Ukrainian border. The event is no festival, however. It is, its organisers claim, part of the last battle to save Polish democracy.

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