Poles keep up protests against copyright treaty

WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Hundreds of Poles have demonstrated in Warsaw against a copyright treaty that Poland signed this week, continuing days of protests over an issue that has sparked social anger.

Just last week most Poles had never heard of the treaty in question, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. Since Sunday it has become the most-discussed problem in the country. It has sparked street protests in many cities nationwide and prompted attacks on government websites that left several paralyzed earlier in the week.

On Friday evening about 1,000 gathered in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw, shouting “Democracy!” and “No to ACTA!”

The agreement aims to protect intellectual property rights. Opponents say it will lead to online censorship.