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Paweł Wyrzykowski, who calls himself the leader of the Confederation in the Siedlce-Ostrołęka district (Krzysztof Bosak distances himself from him), posted photos on social media with migrants holding their hands to their heads showing “horns”. The case is being investigated by the police, and politicians have also commented on it.

“This man posted photos of foreigners today. It is clear that someone is abusing and humiliating them. I have already reported the matter to the police,” wrote journalist Piotr Czaban, who works on the Polish-Belarusian border as part of the Podlaskie Volunteer Humanitarian Emergency Service, on social media.

The post includes a photo that was posted on platform X by Paweł Wyrzykowski, who presents himself on social media as the leader of the Confederation in the Siedlce-Ostrołęka district.

He posted a photo with people showing their “horns” Pawel Wyrzykowski/ X

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“New Bunnies” and “Friday”

The photograph shows the silhouettes of four men. One is handcuffed, three are raising their hands above their heads and making “horns” with their fingers. The photo is accompanied by a comment that reads “New bunnies.”

“One of the foreigners was handcuffed. They were abused. They were ordered to stand in front of the camera in humiliating poses,” wrote Piotr Czaban in an article on the Czaban Robi Raban website. He also noted that the day before, on Friday (July 5), Wyrzykowski had also posted a photo with a man making the “horns” gesture (sitting in a car) and a photo of his smiling face. He captioned the photos “Friday.”

“Disgusting behavior”

“One of the photographs shows a frightened man with a darker complexion. Someone told him to put his hands to his head and arrange his fingers so that they imitated horns,” said Piotr Czaban.

On Monday (July 8), the Centre for Monitoring Racist and Xenophobic Behaviour also wrote about the case.

“Yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Justice responded to Wyrzykowski's disgusting behavior and assured that the police would take the matter seriously. We hope that will happen,” we read in the post.

“The police will react firmly to the spread of hatred”

The police published a statement on Sunday stating that combating hate crimes is one of the priorities of the Polish police. The chief also commented on this. Ministry of Interior and Administration Tomasz Siemoniak.

“The police will react firmly to the spread of hatred and violations of the law in this regard by groups and individuals,” he wrote.

He claims he didn't want to humiliate anyone.

Paweł Wyrzykowski tells us that he has already spoken to the police about this matter. – Until the case is over, I cannot say anything about the details. Neither who took the photos nor where they were taken – he claims.

He swears that he did not mean to humiliate anyone by publishing the photos.

– In the photo from the forest, you can see a man handcuffed. He has a lighter complexion than the others. So we can assume that this is a person involved in human smuggling. The others, with darker complexions, are migrants. And from what I know, the gesture of showing horns in their culture is the so-called mirror technique. They show them to reflect the bad things that happen to them. In this case, as you can guess, detention by the services – he says.

“I always smile in photos”

He does not want to reveal whether the photo was taken on the Polish-Belarusian border. When we notice that the man in handcuffs has his hands cuffed in front, not behind, as is the practice in Poland, he admits that this may be an indication that the arrest was not made by Polish services.

– I can't say anything more, he says.

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We ask whether by posting a photo of his smiling face (and the gesture here is such that it can be read as a mocking smile) next to the man showing “horns” he did not want to mock the other one.

– It wasn't my intention. I always smile in photos, and my lips looked like that because they were dry from the sun – he says.

“I am against illegal migration”

And what about the term “Karny koziołek motołek” that he used to call a man showing his “horns”? – we ask.

– This is a response to a comment online. I didn't want to offend anyone here either. I just wanted to show that I am against illegal migration and to stigmatize people who smuggle people – he claims.

Bosak: he is not the leader of the Confederation anywhere

One of the leaders of the Confederation also commented on the matter on social media. Krzysztof BosakPodlasie MP and Deputy Speaker of the Sejm Krzysztof Bosak.

He stated that Wyrzykowski “IS NOT the leader of the Confederation anywhere (his biography is intentionally misleading) nor a member of any party co-creating the Confederation.”

He filed for accession to the Confederation of the Polish Crown

Paweł Wyrzykowski claims that about a week ago he parted ways with New Hope (the party whose president is Sławomir Mentzen), but he has filed for accession to the Confederation of the Polish Crown (here the president is Grzegorz Braun).

– I have been associated with the broadly understood environment associated with the figure of Janusz Korwin-Mikke for 15 years. In 2015 I ran for the Sejm from the KORWiN party, and in recent elections parliamentary elections to the Senate as an independent candidate. There is no position of district leader in the Confederation. The electorate judges who they listen to. I am considered the leader of the Siedlce-Ostrołęka district – he tells us.

Operation “Lock” – the crisis caused by Lukashenko

Migration crisis on the borders Belarus from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia was triggered by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who is accused of waging a hybrid war. It involves the organized transfer of migrants to the territory of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Lukashenka, over the course of more than 28 years of his rule, has often threatened Europe with weakening border controls.

Read also: Operation “Lock” – where did the planes to Minsk fly from? Here's what the analysis of thousands of flights shows

The operation of bringing migrants to Belarus from the Middle East or Africa to provoke a migration crisis was previously described on his blog by Tadeusz Giczan, a journalist from the Belarusian opposition channel Nexta. He explained that the Belarusian services are conducting the “Sluice” operation, invented 10 years ago, in this way. Under the guise of trips to Minsk, promising to transfer them to Western Europe, Lukashenka's regime has brought thousands of migrants to Belarus. Then it transports them to the borders of EU countries, where the Belarusian services force them to cross them illegally. This operation is still ongoing.

Aid organizations on the situation at the border

Organizations providing humanitarian aid on the Polish-Belarusian border claim that despite the change of government in Poland, the law is still being broken against migrants. They claim that they have documented cases of people being thrown out of the border with Belarus who had clearly requested international protection in the presence of volunteers. During one of the press conferences, a drastic film was presented, made available by the Podlaskie Volunteer Humanitarian Emergency Service, showing a limp body of a woman being dragged through a gate in the border fence and abandoned on the other side.

Aid organizations demand that the government restore the rule of law on the Polish-Belarusian border, pursue a border protection policy that respects international and domestic law guaranteeing access to the procedure for applying for international protection and observing the principle of non-refoulement, initiate administrative proceedings against persons crossing the border as provided for by law, immediately stop violence at the border against persons on the way and hold those guilty of violence accountable.

“We know about people in serious health being thrown out of military ambulances, as well as being taken directly from hospitals. Men, women with children and unaccompanied minors are being sent behind the barbed wire and border fence. The deportations are constantly accompanied by violence from the Polish services: using tear gas, beating, stripping naked, kicking, throwing to the ground, handcuffing, destroying phones and documents, taking away backpacks with provisions and clean water. People tell us that they are forced by threats or physical violence to sign declarations that they do not want to apply for international protection in Poland, and then they are taken beyond the fence,” we read in a joint statement of the organization.

Read more at tvn24.pl: Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border

Main image source: Pawel Wyrzykowski/ X

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