Right wing parliament members asked a priest to bless the rooms formerly occupied by the atheist anticlerical Palikot party which didn`t enter Sejm again. Palikot with his views seemed evil incarnate to right wingers. They even didn`t utter his name in public, they used to say "Certain MP."
Poland’s Independence Day Doodle stirs controversy 13.11.2015 08:48 Google has displayed a Doodle with white-and-red letters, with one ‘O’ replaced with a stork for the 97th anniversary of Poland’s independence.
Internet users and politicians jumped at the opportunity to criticise Google’s way of reminding Poles of important events.
Krystyna Pawłowicz, a ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party member of Poland’s lower house of parliament, posted the following on Facebook:
“Why did Google, on Poland’s most important Independence Day, greet us with a white-and-red hunched, old stork with jagged, bloodied feathers, and not the image with a proud white eagle, a symbol of struggle and independence?”
“I protest [capitalised] against these deceitful and false teachings,” Pawłowicz continued.
Pawłowicz's sentiments were echoed in comments made by other Internet users:
“Since when is the stork a symbol of an independent Poland,” was tweeted Wednesday morning by user @dareckin.
“Why does Google show a stork instead of an eagle,” @nuttygirlxd tweeted in the afternoon.
“And that is how Google landed next to the atheist, and kebab as enemies of Polish patriotism,” @luzak666 tweeted.
Google explained its decision with the following:
“Every year, when winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere, the storks fly north. Their journey is spectacular. They fly thousands of kilometres over turbulent seas, chasing a sunny summer. One fourth of them end their flight in a specific place - Poland.
"Poland, whose independence we commemorate every year in November, is home to 40,000 pairs of storks. That is more than anywhere in the world. Today we celebrate diversity, freedom and natural riches of Poland.”
Poland’s national bird is the white eagle. According to one legend, Poland’s founder, Lech, settled where he saw a white eagle's nest and placed the eagle on his emblem - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/228672,Poland%E2%80%99s-Independence-Day-Doodle-stirs-controversy#sthash.iNbx1BBg.dpuf
Mockery of Wawel castle sign: normally, it reads: trade and sale of services is allowed only after acquiring proper permission from the managament. Someone put a sticker with a new message: Trading faith and sale of party ideology is allowed ......
This joke is connected with PiS showy monthly pilgrimages to the tomb of Presidential pair.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo uses Auschwitz speech to defend refugee reticence
Beata Szydlo has appeared to use a commemorative speech at the Nazi death camp to defend her anti-EU stance on refugees. The president of the European Council has condemned the comments as they launch legal action.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo was heavily criticized on Wednesday for using an appearance at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp to seemingly tout her anti-migrant policies.
"In our troubled times, Auschwitz is a great lesson that everything must be done to defend the safety and the lives of citizens," Szydlo said at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the Nazis' first transport of Polish prisoners to the camp.
Her comment was also posted on Twitter by her right-wing populist Law and Justice party, but deleted soon after.
The comment was widely understood to be a defense of her government's refusal to accept refugees as part of a European Union resettlement plan, a position that prompted the European Commission to launch legal action this week against her government as well as those of the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Exploiting the cruelty of Auschwitz
"Such words at such a place should never be spoken by a Polish prime minister," Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council and the former Polish prime minister, said on Twitter in Polish. Tusk and Szydlo are fierce political rivals.
Polish government spokesman Rafal Bochenek had just a day earlier claimed that the refugee relocation plan posed a security "threat" to EU members, echoing Szydlo's previous linking of refugees and migrants with terror attacks in Europe.
Katarzyna Lubnauer, head of the centrist Nowoczesna (Modern) parliamentary caucus, accused Szydlo of "exploiting the cruelty of Auschwitz to make Poles fear refugees."
Former Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said in a tweet that Szydlo's remarks were a "discredit."
Szydlo's comment at Auschwitz caused an uproar on Polish social media as leading journalists and pundits questioned her motives.
"Szydlo showed today that she has no problems using both living Arabs and dead Jews in her primitive propaganda," said Tomasz Lis, the editor of the Polish version of Newsweek.
"Auschwitz must remind us of the need to defend universal human rights, not closing borders to refugees!" said Rafal Pankowski, the head of Never Again, an organization that fights neo-Nazism and other forms of extremism.
Taken out of context
In response government spokesman Bochenek accused Szydlo's critics of taking her comment, made during a speech honoring Auschwitz prisoners, out of context.
"If someone wants to, they will find bad intentions in any comment. I propose listening to the entire speech," Bochenek said on Twitter.
Read: Why one of Auschwitz's last remaining survivors wrote a memoir decades later
Read: Pope Francis defends his use of term 'concentration camps' for migrant housing
In the speech, Szydlo said it was a great task for politicians to make sure that "such terrible events as those that took place in Auschwitz and other places of martyrdom never happen again."
Can something horrible also be beautiful? As seen in the Berlin exhibition "Art from the Holocaust: 100 Works from the Yad Vashem Collection," a number of artists managed to document life in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos and create great art even during one of humanity's greatest tragedies. Pictured: "A Street in Łódź Ghetto" by Josef Kowner, who survived the Holocaust.
A million Jews killed
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic all refused to comply with an EU program to relocate 160,000 migrants from frontline migrant crisis states Italy and Greece. The EU set up the plan in 2015, when migration from Africa and Middle East - in large part people fleeing Syria's civil war - was at its peak.
The program faces strong resistance in Poland, which Szydlo's government has used to gain domestic support.
Nazi Germany built the Auschwitz death camp on occupied Polish territory during World War II.
Estimates vary, but more than a million people, mainly European Jews, are thought to have been gassed, shot or hanged at the camp, or to have died of neglect, starvation or disease during the Holocaust, before the Soviet Red Army entered its gates in January 1945.
Polish ruling party tweets ‘aversion to refugees not bad’ – then deletes ‘unfortunate’ post Published time: 16 Jun, 2017 21:02 Marko Djurica / Reuters Poland’s conservative ruling party seems to be in hot water again over its negative attitude to refugees. It tweeted an opinion poll chart with a statement, which said aversion to refugees should not be considered bad, but quickly deleted it.
The chart came from last year’s Pew Research study and showed that a majority of people in nine countries, including Poland, disapproved the way Brussels was handling the refugee crisis.
“Do not let yourselves be persuaded that an aversion to refugees is something bad. Poles are not an exception in Europe,” the Law and Justice Party wrote in the tweet, which was captured by photo and posted on Twitter.
The posting, however, was quickly deleted and later replaced with a toned-down comment that focused on handling of the crisis rather than the refugees.
Pawel Szefernaker, secretary of state in the cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, remarked that the deleted tweet was written in an “exceptionally unfortunate” manner and that “such mistakes should not happen,” AP reported.
Szydlo herself came under fire over a Wednesday remark, which was widely perceived as anti-refugees.
“In today’s restless times, Auschwitz is a great lesson showing that everything must be done to protect the safety and life of one's citizens,” she said during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the first deportation of the Polish prisoners to the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. The remark appeared briefly on the same Law and Justice Twitter account, but was removed too.
Earlier this week, the European Commission launched legal proceedings against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for refusing to accept their quota of asylum seekers under Brussel’s resettlement plan.
The Law and Justice-led government in Warsaw considers refugees from the Middle East and North Africa a security risk and a threat to Poland’s cultural identity.
Do you remember Bill Clinton and his pot smoking explanation?
A certain minister in PiS government, lawyer by occupation and ex minister of Justice, voted for controvercial laws abolishing the independence of the judicial system. When asked by reporters about it, he answered: Yes, I voted but I didn`t enjoy it.
When an average politician has a secret lover, the case is usually ignored or soon forgotten. However, when it happens to right wing ones, they can`t expect mercy!
PiS Parliament member, very conservative type, who loved to admonish wrongdoers and propagated the Christian, i.e, righteous way of life, has been caught red handed after his disappointed ex lover had contacted the media and showed the evidence of their romance.
His exlanations are very amusing: " I didn`t want her to spend a night in an accidental place in Warsaw, that is why I invited her to the Parliament hotel. But there was nothing between us. And he told her he wanted to have 6 kids with her, like a Christian family should.
The Net started the meme campaign, as usual:
The decent ones
I am looking for a woman who will bear me 6 children...
Korwin Mikke, Polish member of European Parliament, is probably the most known woman hater in Europe.
He uttered/did various strange things before
and probably realised that fame based on scandal matters the same as any other kind of fame.
This time he said that women, weaker and less intelligent than men, should also earn less.
Rightwingers like Korwin are pathetic but liberals are not better. After the non-guilty ruling, anybody will feel free to say anything they want in the Euro Parliament. Perfect example for native countries. Welcome to Europe.
The Polish MEP was deprived of the right to receive a daily subsistence allowance for a period of 10 and 30 days; his participation in EP work was also temporarily suspended for 5 and 10 days. The MEP appealed against both decisions.
In Thursday's ruling, the EU court stated that the freedom of speech of MEPs should be put under increased protection because of the fundamental importance that the parliament plays in a democratic society.
The Polish president went to a conference in Berlin where, next to German President, he complained about the lack of traditional light bulbs in shops, due to recent European law and suggested it was one of the reasons for Brexit. That is one of examples of EU inefficiency which Polish right wing politicians point to. The situation sparked off a wave of satirical comments.
Funny Top PiS politician, Terlecki, once a hippie nicknamed Dog when a young man, went to Ukraine to witness the conflict with pro Russian separatists. Now he is called the Dog of War
PiS senator Bierecki said: PiS will do their best to cleanse Poland of all people who don`t deserve to belong to the common nation. Does that PiS scum realise such words were spoken by Hitler and company before the Final Solution?