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Sep 14, 2013

LOGS OF SATURDAY, 14-09-2013/Thousands protest against Polish government

LOGS OF SATURDAY, 14-09-2013 :
( Times in CET! )

We had been swimming here again today at 21 degrees C and sunshine...

- RADIO PIONEER, 6745kcs, 17.53hrs, SINPO 4-5,4434
  ( Pop oldy )

- SKYLINE RADIO GERMANY, 6206kcs, 17.56hrs, SINPO 4433,4-3
  ( Pop music )

- UNID ON 6325kcs, 17.59hrs, SINPO 33333
  ( Instrumental pop oldy )

- RADIO TOWER, 6300kcs, 18.02hrs, SINPO 4-5,4434
  ( Dutch music )

- RADIO ONDA CALIENTE, 6325kcs, 18.12hrs, SINPO 4433,3-4
  ( Pop oldies )

- RADIO SALO, 6240kcs, 18.17hrs, SINPO 33233
  ( Dutch music )

- RADIO MALIBU, 6290kcs, 18.22hrs, SINPO 4433,3-4
  ( Polka music )

- RADIO DE WITTE REUS, 6292kcs, 20.36hrs, SINPO 4-5,444,4-5
  ( Pop music )

- RADIO SALO, 6215kcs, 20.42hrs, SINPO 3422,3-2
  ( Country music )

- RADIO MUSTANG, 1646kcs, 20.53hrs, SINPO 3-4,4243
  ( Dutch music )

- RADIO ALICE, 3905kcs, 20.56hrs, SINPO 34333
  ( Pop oldies )

- RADIO EXPERIENCE, 6375kcs, 20.59hrs, SINPO 34333
  ( Pop oldy )

- RADIO MOBY DICK, 1648kcs, 21.02hrs, SINPO 3423,3-2 (later 34233)
  ( Dutch music )

- UNID ON 6425kcs, 21.05hrs, SINPO 44434
  ( Pop music )

- RADIO TELSTAR SOUTH, 6310kcs, 21.07hrs, SINPO 34323
  ( Long talks in English )

- ODYNN RADIO, 6290kcs, 21.18hrs, SINPO 4-5,4444
  ( Pop oldies )

- RADIO MATRIX, 1655kcs, 21.22hrs, SINPO 2-3,423,2-3 ( later 34233)
  ( Dutch music )

- RADIO NORTON, 6325kcs, 21.31hrs, SINPO 44434
  ( Pop music )

- RADIO BOOMERANG, 6282kcs, 21.54hrs, SINPO 5-4,544,4-5
  ( Pop music )

- UNID ON 1629kcs, 23.28hrs, SINPO 3-4,433,3-4
  ( Dutch music )

- UNID ON 1660kcs, 23.32hrs, SINPO 3423,3-2
  ( Dutch music )

- UNID ON 1624kcs (Digitaal?), 00.23hrs, SINPO 34333
  ( Talks in Dutch, then Dutch music )

- MRF RADIO, 3932kcs, 00.26hrs, SINPO 34333
  ( Pop music )

- RADIO SPAKENBURG, 1636kcs, 00.29hrs, SINPO 34233
  ( Pop oldy )

- UNID ON 1620kcs, 00.35hrs, SINPO 3-2,423,3-2
  ( Dutch music )

- NMD RADIO, 6290kcs, 00.38hrs, SINPO 44344
  ( Pop music )

- RADIO TRANS EUROPE, 6920kcs, 00.43hrs, SINPO 4433,3-4
  ( Instrumental music, then greetings to us in English )

Thousands protest against Polish government

Labour union members march in Warsaw, venting anger over labour policies and layoffs triggered by economic slowdown.

Tens of thousands of Polish labour union members have marched through the capital, Warsaw, in the finale of a four-day protest against the government.
The demonstrators threw smoke grenades and blew whistles as they marched to the historic Castle Square with banners saying, "Tusk's government must go," referring to Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
Saturday's protest reflects widespread public gloom over this year's sharp economic slowdown in Poland, which has been dragged down by the eurozone crisis.
We want the departure of Donald Tusk. This is the only way to change social policy in Poland.
Marek Lewandowski, spokesman for trade union federation Solidarity
The disillusionment has plunged the coalition government's popularity to its lowest level since Tusk, Poland's longest-serving prime minister since the fall of communism in 1989, took office in 2007.
"We want the departure of Donald Tusk. This is the only way to change social policy in Poland," Marek Lewandowski, spokesman for the Polish trade union federation Solidarity, told the AFP news agency.
The marchers complained of large-scale layoffs after economic growth slowed down to 1.9 percent of gross domestic product last year from 4.5 percent in 2011.
They demanded job security, healthcare guarantees and retirement benefits, as well as the reversal of the recent raise of the retirement age to 67 years from 60 years for women and 65 years for men.
They have the support of a majority of Poles, according to an opinion poll carried out by MillwardBrown for the Fakty news programme on Tuesday: 59 percent of respondents said they were for the demonstrations, with 31 percent against and the rest unsure.
MP resignations
Unions also accuse Tusk of ignoring their demands and refusing to engage in dialogue.
Lawmaker Jacek Zalek, who quit Tusk's centrist Civic Platform on Thursday, told reporters the "protests were a sign that we were unable to rise to the challenges that were put before us by Poles".
In addition to Zalek, two of Tusk's MPs have also resigned in recent weeks, raising the spectre of a minority government that could spell early elections ahead of 2015.
But Tusk argued on Friday that his success in pushing through a revised 2013 budget, widening the deficit by an extra $5bn, bodes well for the future.
"Today's vote proves that the government's majority is stable," he said after Friday's vote, adding that concerns over the exodus of MPs are "unfounded".
Analysts said the vote suggested Tusk could still muster enough legislative clout to pass the 2014 budget and thus avoid snap elections.
Poland, with a population of 38 million, is the only EU member to have maintained growth each year for two decades.
However, the economy slowed to just 0.1 percent growth in the first quarter of this year as Poland's main trade partner, the eurozone, struggled with recession.

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