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Paula Sawicka in “Facts after Facts”

“In Poznan, another parade of sodomites who try to impose their interpretation of civil rights and obligations on others” said Minister of Defence Mariusz Blaszczak on “TV Trwam” on August 12. He commented In this fashion on the events in Poznan, where at the time of the local Equality Parade held on August 11, buses and trams were decorated with a rainbow flag. The Poznan Municipal Transport Company removed the flags after a few hours. According to Błaszczak, it was significant that the tram drivers did not agree to decorate their vehicles with rainbow flags. – It shows that there is certainty among the Polish nation that everything that is constructed in God’s way is normal, and if someone tries to impose something that is not normal, they meet with resistance – he said.

On August 14, Paula Sawicka – the chairwoman of the Open Republic Program Council was guest of the “Facts after Facts” TV program. “No group of citizens is must be talked about talked about in such a way and particularly not in public”, she said. “Mr. Błaszczak’s private views do not concern me, but I think that the position he occupies obliges him to use a language that is respectful towards citizens. For this kind of statement should be immediately dismissed “- she commented on the words of Minister Blaszczak.



“Aggression gets out” – react!

On the 13th of August, the second part of the social campaign began in Warsaw tramways under the slogan “Aggression gets off.” Its’ following five spots are instructions for passengers on how to behave and how to react if they encounter discrimination or aggression on the tram due to sex, colour, religion, sexual orientation, origin, disability or any other feature. Animated clips inform, for example, that you can send an emergency text message to the number 723 986 112. They also remind the public about our portal for reporting discrimination –

The author of the spots is Bartek Orlicki.

The Warsaw Trams are a partner of the campaign organized by the Association for Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia, the Open Rzeczpospolita.


“Aggression gets out” – our teachers of freedom

On August 6, a social campaign called “Aggression gets out”, began in Warsaw trams. The campaign is a response to the escalation of behaviours motivated by prejudice and hatred. The goal of the campaign is to draw attention to violence in public space, including public transport. The first five spots will quote such authorities as Marek Edelman, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Zofia Kuratowska and Jan Józef Lipski. For two weeks, Warsaw residents will be reminded by the words: “You have to oppose evil, because even the smallest evil can grow”.

The authors of the spots are Marcin Wicha and Tomasz Frycz.

The Warsaw Trams are a partner of the campaign organized by the Association for Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia, the Open Rzeczpospolita.


K. Pawłowicz attacks the head of Polish Amnesty International

“Some Draginja Nadazhdin from Serbia manages the Polish backend of the leftist international Amnesty International. She offends the president of the Republic of Poland and the democratically elected authorities. He sets us off against one another. Go back to your country, to defend the rights and freedoms of tortured people there”, the member of Parliament Krystyna Pawłowicz wrote on Twitter.

This followed Draginja Nadazhdin, the head of the Polish branch of Amnesty International, call on the government for a “quick, impartial, independent and effective investigation” on the use of tear gas by the police during protests in Krakowskie Przedmieście street in Warsaw.

As the head of the Polish section of Amnesty International Nadazhdin has been fighting for human rights in Poland and in the world for years. We are proud to we know her, and we want to stress that her work is deserves admiration and the highest praise and that we stand united behind her!


Krzysztof Śmiszek on Minister Lipiński

“Adam Lipiński (the Minister for Equality) adopted the strategy of silence. Perhaps he is silent, because he is so ashamed of his particular role in this patriotic government changing the history of Poland? The word is that his appointment to this position was supposed to be a form of humiliation. That is why most people involved in human rights have never met him and never had the opportunity to ask him about his views and plans. His silence and complete passivity at the time when so much evil is happening, says more than a thousand words “- writes Krzysztof Śmiszek of the Polish Society for Antidiscrimination Law in “Gazeta Wyborcza” newspaper.


77th anniversary of the pogrom in Jedwabne

On July 10, 1941, several days after the Soviet troops withdrew and the city was occupied by the Germans, around 10 o’clock the Polish inhabitants of Jedwabne and nearby towns began to order Jews from the town to the market square. There, they beat, humiliated and killed several of them. They selected several dozen people, including Rabbi Avigdor Bialostocki, and forced them to destroy the monument to Lenin located at Dworna Street. The group was there taken outside the city, murdered and buried together with Lenin’s bust in the previously dug hole inside the Śleszyński family barn. A few hundred Jews remaining in the market square were driven to the same barn, doused with kerosene and set on fire.

These crimes were committed by several dozen residents of Jedwabne and of the surrounding area and witnessed by many local residents. The German troops present in Jedwabne observed the events, most likely inspired by the Reinhard Heydrich’s directive encouraging populations in the newly occupied areas to anti-Jewish pogroms, but their participation was limited.


Intervention regarding the cover of “Gazeta Polska”

On 26 July 2017, the Association against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. Open Rzeczpospolita has reported to the prosecutor’s office on the possibility of a hate crime being committed by the publication of an image depicting people of a different skin colour, denomination and ethnicity by the newspaper Gazeta Polska’s (No. 30 of July 26, 2017) The image illustrated an article titled “Refugees brought deadly illnesses”.

– The image and the article it illustrates violate the Polish criminal code. We believe that the cover not only offends people of a different skin colour, denomination, ethnic and national origin, but also fosters hatred and promotes fascist regime by visually referring to the propaganda of the Third Reich and in particular to a well-known propaganda poster depicting Jews as carriers of plague, typhus and lice – said Damian Wutke, the secretary of the Association in an interview with Presserwis.

On July 5, 2018, the District Court for the Capital City of Warsaw decided to allow the complaint, revoke the appealed decision and referred the case to the Prosecutor’s Office of Warsaw-Żoliborz for investigation.


72nd anniversary of the Kielce pogrom

Jewish pogrom in Kielce took place 72 years ago. The persecutors of their Jewish neighbours were Poles, and the tragic events took place in Poland just liberated from Nazi occupation.

The events known today as the “Kielce pogrom” took place primarily in the building at Planty 7/9 street, where about 200 people lived and where offices of Jewish institutions (Jewish committee, congregation, Kibbutz Zionist party Ichud, etc) were located.  Pogroms of the Jewish population were also reported in other locations in Kielce, as well as on trains passing through the city on that d

40 people were murdered during the Kielce pogrom (including three Polish nationals). Two people were murdered on Leonard Street. 35 people were injured.