Opposition leader accuses ruling party of 'robbing' Poles
Donald Tusk, the head of the Civic Coalition (KO), the largest opposition grouping, in a video posted on social media, has accused the governing party Law and Justice (PiS) of "robbing" Poles by inflating the price of petrol.
In a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday, Tusk spoke about "facts that are driving Poles crazy."
As an example, he referred to the inflation of petrol prices and claimed that by the way it had been done PiS was "robbing" Poles in an "extremely brazen" manner.
"They raised VAT on gas to 23 percent when they could have raised it to only 5 percent," Tusk also added.
The government recently re-introduced the 23-percent VAT rate after reducing it last year to combat the cost of living. But this move has failed to suppress allegations that PKN Orlen, a state-owned fuel company with close ties to PiS, had used its dominant position on the market to pump up fuel prices.
Tusk also said that a large number of Polish companies were failing and urged Poles to turn their anger into "a force" that would "sweep away this government along with its 'criminal' prices."