Thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday to celebrate the nation's European Union membership at a pro-EU march, a week before the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Carrying flags from the European Union and Poland, demonstrators followed EU Council President and Poland's former Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, together with other opposition leaders.

The politicians called on Poles to vote in the May 23-26 elections. "I especially wanted to appeal to the Polish women. One hundred years ago we were granted the right to vote, it is time that we take full advantage of this, that we go for this election,” said Katarzyna Lubnauer, leader of the Modern party.

Speaking to the crowd, Civic Platform party leader Grzegorz Schetyna said they “will always be in favour of a strong Poland in the European Union, a strong European Union.”

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