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New protests erupt in Warsaw as political crisis deepens

  • Legisladores de la oposición ocupan el podio durante una protesta en la cámara baja del parlamento en Varsovia, Polonia, el viernes 16 de diciembre de 2016. Los inconformes se manifestaron en contra de los planes del partido gobernante de restringir el acceso de los reporteros a los legisladores. (AP Foto/Czarek Sokolowski))

    Legisladores de la oposición ocupan el podio durante una protesta en la cámara baja del parlamento en Varsovia, Polonia, el viernes 16 de diciembre de 2016. Los inconformes se manifestaron en contra de los planes del partido gobernante de restringir el acceso de los reporteros a los legisladores. (AP Foto/Czarek Sokolowski))  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters sing Poland's national anthemn during an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Protesters sing Poland's national anthemn during an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

Opponents of Poland's populist government are staging a new protest in Warsaw, gathering outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic.

Saturday's protest reflects rising political tension over ruling party policies under chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski and follows a large spontaneous demonstration Friday outside parliament.

The protests were sparked by a government plan to restrict the access of journalists to lawmakers in parliament.

In the biggest parliamentary crisis in years, opposition lawmakers protested that plan Friday, blocking a vote on the state budget. Governing party members then voted in another hall, which the opposition says was illegal. Opposition parties want a repeat vote.