Poland being changed for the better – Senate speaker

Stanisław Karczewski, the Speaker of the Senate, said during a meeting with the inhabitants of Lubartów (eastern Poland) that Poland is being changed for the better, and that all benefits gained through these changes should be shared fairly.

During the meeting, supporters and opponents of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) shouted at each other.

"We're changing Poland, we’re changing many things, we want to make it even better. We want to create conditions for Poland to develop, and for the gains to be shared fairly, so that they reach those who have not received these benefits for many years," Karczewski stressed.

He appealed for greater civic participation. "It's important to encourage everyone to be civically active and socially engaged, to show a personal interest in personal matters, small and large homeland issues," he argued.

After concluding his remarks, Karczewski asked the nearly 100 people in attendance for their questions, critiques and opinions.

At the end of the meeting, the Speaker of the Senate handed out white and red flags. In addition, he presented them to the opponents of PiS, those who were holding banners. He thanked everyone for participating in the meeting, including those who, as he said, spoke using words which were "very critical, aggressive, not classy." "You will not discourage us from continuing to go out and meet each other," he assured.

He reminded everyone about the anniversary of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence and encouraged everyone to display national flags. "We want to build Poland together, even with those who are against us. (...) I am convinced that if we'll build Poland together, make changes together, roll up our sleeves and get to work, our children and grandchildren will have better lives in Poland," he said.