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"We all should feel guilty," said sister Małgorzata Chmielewska from the "Bread of Life" Catholic Community. The guest of "Fakty po Faktach" shared her view on the ongoing protest of the disabled and their caretakers. "As a society, we have pushed those most in need to the periphery and offered them only a very humble survival package. Unfortunately, we're not giving them a chance to live," added sister Chmielewska. Civic Platform MP Joanna Mucha and Sylwester Tułajew, MP from Law and Justice were guests of the first part of the programme.

This was day 19 of the protest of parents of disabled adults inside the Sejm building in Warsaw. The protesters are still waiting for their most important demand to be met by the government, namely 500 zloty in cash for each disabled person per month. A rally of support was organized in front of the building.

This time, 100.000 people took part in this one-of-a-kind race - the Wings for Life Run. It was held simultaneously in 13 main locations around the world. As always, the participants did not run towards the finish line, on the contrary, they were trying to run away from it. The motto of the charity race was: "run for those who can't". Collected money will help to finance life-changing spinal-cord research projects. However, the race is also a competition. The winners in Poland: Wioletta Paduszyńska and Dariusz Nożyński. The international winner was Aron Anderson from Sweden who competed in a wheelchair.

Two coal miners have died in an accident that happenned in the Zofiówka Mine in the southern town of Jastrzębie-Zdrój. The rescuers are still trying to reach the other three men trapped 900 meters below the ground. The rescue mission is conducted by 200 people around the clock. The conditions are extremely difficult but the plan is to finish the instalation of the ventilation system. Only then will they be able to determine whether rescue workers can reach the area where the miners are trapped.

"The citizens want to take matters in their own hands because the state was ineffective in fighting the neo-Nazis in Poland," said former interior minister, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz in "Fakty po Faktach" TVN24. " We all feel that the problem are not those who block neo-Nazi marches, but the neo-Nazis themselves," added Mr Sienkiewicz. The guests of the second part of the programme were Professors Tomasz Nałęcz and Paweł Śpiewak.

City authorities plan to remove the Katyń Massacre monument from the Jersey City Plaza where a park is to be built. The decision was made without consulting the Polish community in America and caused an outrage among its members and the Polish politicians. The speaker of the Polish Senate, Stanisław Karczewski asked the mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop to change the decision regarding the historic monument but the latter dismissed the appeal by saying that he "won't discuss anything with people who attempt to rewrite the history regarding Poland's involvement in the Holocaust". Mr Fulop also called Mr Karczewski a "well-known anti-Semite", for which the Polish government demands an apology. The monument is a reminder of the Katyń Massacre that took place in 1940 when the Soviets, on the order of Stalin and Beria, executed more than 20.000 members of the Polish military and intellectual elite.

"The worst is yet to come. Not only due to Article 7, but because of the new rules that the European Commission wants to implement regarding conditioning EU funds on various criteria, including respecting the rule of law," said Civic Platform MEP, Adam Szejnfeld in "Fakty po Faktach". According to his interlocutor from Law and Justice, Karol Karski, MEP a compromise between the Polish government and the the European Commission has been reached. The guests of the second part of the programme were Adrian Zandberg and Paweł Piskorski. 

"The fact that the first lady met with the protesters in the Sejm somehow falls into a political context because only a political decision can put this issue to an end," said the spokesperson for the president, Krzysztof Łapiński in "Piaskiem po oczach". He stressed, however, that the president’s wife "is not a politician, prime minister, minister of any other official". He added that "the aim of the meeting was to reassure the protesters that the first lady is aware of their demands".

"Anyone with clear conscience, who says that there is rule of law in their county, has nothing to worry about," said Civic Platform MEP, Janusz Lewandowski in "Fakty po Faktach". In the opinion of the former European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget, the new draft EU budget means losses for Poland that can be counted in billions.

President Andrzej Duda has signed the amended judiciary bills, including the Act on Common Courts, the Act on the Supreme Court and the Act on the National Judiciary Council. Mr Duda also left his signature on the amended Act on the Constitutional Tribunal, according to which the three yet unpublished rulings of the Tribunal will finally be issued. The publication will come with a disclaimer saying that the rulings were "made with a violation of the law".

"I wouldn't partake in the consultation referendum regarding the Polish constitution. Mainly due to the fact that the current president who is the originator of the idea, has violated the binding constitution," said the former President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski in "Fakty po Faktach". Zbigniew Girzyński and Andrzej Celiński were guests of the second part of the programme.

Polish foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz is on a mission in Brussels to bid "farewell to unnecessary tensions". He met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. They discussed the rule of law in Poland which according to Brussels is a problem. But Poland could also have a problem in receiving funds from the EU budget.

Newly appointed US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has sent his congratulations to Poland for the anniversary of the Constitution of the 3rd of May. He also mentioned the centennial of Polish independence and affirmed the strong Polish-US alliance.