John, thanks for posting. There is so much division in Poland that it is hard even to explain it clearly. People are separated between big cities and the countryside, by age and religion.
I understand peoples' protests against the changes in court system. On the other hand, the courts in Poland were very inefficient and full of corruption. So, the system was not that perfect as people on the other side may think.
from your link:
Thousands of protesters have rallied in central Warsaw chanting "Shame!" after Poland's president granted the nationalist government more power over court appointments.
Many held candles and pens symbolising President Andrzej Duda's readiness to sign the controversial legal changes.
It is now easier for the government to appoint a new Supreme Court chief.
In an unprecedented move, the EU Commission is investigating Poland for allegedly undermining the rule of law.
Many Poles and human rights activists accuse the government of politicising the judiciary, weakening its independence.