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Xenophobic Rhetoric

Xenophobic Rhetoric

The authorities have respect for R. Dmowski, the active “Polonisator” of national minorities and ardent xenophobe (President Komorowski laid flowers at the monument to him twice in 2013).

In late March, the Lublin City Council decided that “in view of the Christian tradition” of the city to stop municipal finance of “operations and activities that are contrary to public morality or having scandalous content” .

In April, mayor of Wroclaw said that the situation with the forced relocation of the Roma could be regulated by evicting Roma onto the outskirts of the city.

On June 19, leader of a small Polish far-right-wing party “Union of Slavic Empires” Ian Kelb gave an interview to the daily newspaper “Rzeczpospolita daily”, where he stated – “We know who rules Poland – Jews, furthermore – bad Jews” .

The radical change in the political landscape that took place in 2015 –presidential and parliamentary elections were won by the opposition party “Right and Justice”, professing right-wing conservative views – led to the fact that people using xenophobic rhetoric turned out to be at high posts. Thus, in September 2015, Beata Shidlo, who became the new prime minister, said that the decision to admit migrants in Poland was made in defiance of security and public opinion. Leader of the Law and Justic Party J. Kachinsky, who formally does not hold a senior post in the state, but supervises the president and the government, said in October 2015 that migrants are carriers of dangerous viruses. In January 2016, B.Shidlo, speaking in the European Parliament, said that Poland allegedly received about 100 thousand Ukrainian refugees, and therefore cannot accept refugees from the Middle East. However, it was later found out he was not talking about refugees, but about economic migrants.

In July 2016 Minister of Public Education Annat Zalewska publicly stated that she could not say who was the perpetrator of the Jewish pogroms in Yedvabno in 1941 (when fifteen hundred people were killed by their neighbours) and in Kielce in 1946, clearly aspiring to a fashionable within certain circles “substitution theory” – putting the blame for Nazi atrocities on the Soviet special services.

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