Poland’s justice minister announced an investigation on Monday (27 November) after mocked-up pictures of opposition MEPs allegedly hanging on gallows were unfurled at a far-right demonstration on Saturday.
Zbigniew Ziobro said on public radio that a preliminary inquiry into the incident in the southern city of Katowice will be launched, in order to shed light on what actually happened.
In the city Katowice, #Poland, members of the far right movement #ONR brought gallows to their rally
Hanged are the pictures of EU Parliament members who supported the recent resolution defending the rule of law and democracy in PL
Polish right and publicly called them traitors pic.twitter.com/beuJ4n4l7S
— Bartosz T. Wieliński (@Bart_Wielinski) November 26, 2017
Six MEPs from the Civic Platform (PO) opposition party voted in favour of a resolution adopted on 15 November by the European Parliament denouncing judicial reforms in Poland as a threat to the fundamental values of the European Union.
According to VoteWatch, those who voted in favour of the resolution, are Michal Boni, Danuta Hubner, Danuta Jazlowiecka, Barbara Kudrycka, Julia Pitera and Roza Grafin von Thun und Hohenstein. All of them are from the Civic Platform, which is affiliated to the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the largest political group in Parliament. Polish socialist MEPs, also in opposition, abstained.
After the vote, the six were accused by the ruling conservatives of acting “against their country”.
In addition, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani announced Monday that he would ask Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło to “ensure the security of elected members of the European Parliament”.
I will write to PM @BeataSzydlo to ensure the security of elected Members of the European Parliament to express their opinions independently, without threat and oppose those who spread hatred by exhibiting outrageous pictures of hanged politicians.
— EP President Tajani (@EP_President) November 27, 2017
Such members must be able “to express their opinions independently, without threat and oppose those who spread hatred by exhibiting outrageous pictures of hanged politicians,” he wrote on Twitter.
A mosque and Muslim cultural centre in Warsaw was attacked by people throwing stones, smashing some windows. Prosecutors also investigating separate incident in Katowice during which nationalists depicted opposition MEPs being hanged from gallows https://t.co/9bM0oYNC2f
— Notes from Poland (@notesfrompoland) November 27, 2017
It's not being said enough, so I'll say it again: These neo-Nazi sh*theads are now mainstream in #Poland, marching through cities with impunity & support from the PiS government. Burning effigies of Jews & now staging hangings of pro-democratic politicians. THIS IS NOT NORMAL⚠️ pic.twitter.com/RYtX9NXLfM
— ??Martin Mycielski (@mycielski) November 26, 2017