Wednesday 20 September 2017

Money from Polish protest movement went to leader's firm

Polish media reported this week that 91,000 zlotys (£180,000) collected from protesters went to Mateusz Kijowski's company account
Polish media reported this week that 91,000 zlotys (£180,000) collected from protesters went to Mateusz Kijowski's company account

The leader of Poland's popular anti-government movement is under pressure to explain why funds from public collections for the movement have gone to his information technology company.

Mateusz Kijowski has insisted he does not take any money for spearheading the Committee for the Defence of Democracy, a movement he initiated via Facebook shortly after the conservative Law and Justice party took power in November 2015.

The movement has led massive marches to protest against government policies critics say threaten democracy.

Polish media reported this week that 91,000 zlotys (£180,000) collected from protesters went to Kijowski's company account. He says it was for the firm's work for the movement, but acknowledges the situation is awkward.

Other movement leaders say their trust has been undermined and are demanding an audit.

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