EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber recalled Wednesday in the European Parliament in Strasbourg the question of the symbolic hanging of PO politicians by nationalists in Katowice as part of the hate speech and assassination of the President of Gdańsk. He asked for reflection on the political culture.
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. The situation in Poland in connection with the death of Gdańsk President Paweł Adamowicz is difficult. Our thoughts are with the family and all friends of the president. Of course, this is above all a matter that needs to be investigated by the police and the judiciary during the investigation. However, it is obvious that for us there is also a broader problem of the development of political culture in the country
In his opinion, last year was a very negative process, especially in Poland, but also in the whole of Poland in terms of the language of politics, mutual respect or expressing themselves and about institutions.
We are concerned about these events. The specific case (Adamowicz – PAP) has to be examined by the relevant services, but the bigger question concerns the language and the relationship between politicians
– notes Weber.
In this context, he also recalled the Katowice manifesto "Stop the Contemporary Targowica", during which the organizers hung photos of PO deputies on symbolic gallows that voted in favor of the European Parliament resolution on the rule of law in Poland.
I would like to ask if there have been investigations into those who did it showed that this is possible for selected MEPs
– Weber said
The investigation of the case in November 2017 is not yet completed, but until now there were no charges or prosecution allegations
Group leader of the European People's Party and united A former center-right candidate for the head of the future European Commission called for a positive atmosphere and political culture in Poland
. He reserved the right not to want to judge whether hate speech led to the tragedy in Danzig.
It's a question of investigation. We have to take the atmosphere in the country very seriously. We have letters with deadly threats to the city presidents. The atmosphere in Poland, but also in other countries, should give cause for concern, reflection and change of direction as we are going in the wrong direction in the EU, especially in Poland
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The MP also expressed his appreciation for the spontaneous organized march in Gdansk, which showed solidarity with its relatives. He said that the group is now checking who can attend the Adamowicz funeral on Saturday. The European Commission's press service informed the PAP that Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska  should be present. Adamowicz was attacked with a knife on Sunday night during the GOCC finals. The local government official went to the University Hospital of Gdańsk, where he died on Monday afternoon
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