Paweł Zalewski from Poland 2050, commenting on the police intervention against MP Kinga Gajewska in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24, stated that “it was all an obvious provocation only to prevent the MPs of the Republic of Poland from talking to citizens.” – And if it wasn’t an MP, then what? Does this mean that it is allowed to behave this way towards women? – asked Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, MP from the Civic Coalition club.
MP of the Civic Coalition On Tuesday, Kinga Gajewska was led to a police car by police officers and pulled into it. The incident occurred in Otwock, where the Prime Minister’s meeting was taking place Mateusz Morawiecki.
Zalewski: it was all an obvious provocation
The case was commented on in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 by Paweł Zalewski, MP from Poland 2050, and Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, MP from the Civic Coalition club. Zalewski was in Otwock on Tuesday and tried to intervene in the police’s actions against Gajewska.
– The MP did not have the opportunity to show her ID card, because even though the crowd reacted and shouted that she was an MP from the Republic of Poland, the police behaved brutally. Indeed, the police behaved very provocatively, he said.
– The police behaved completely illegally because they interrupted us – because I was supposed to speak after Mrs. Gajewska – from talking to the people gathered there. We wanted to talk about the lawlessness he is doing PIS and about the threat to Poland’s security resulting from PiS policy – he added.
MP Zalewski assessed that “many articles of law were clearly violated.” – Firstly, they violated bodily integrity, secondly, they violated immunity, and thirdly, they used a false accusation. The police said that we were disturbing a legal demonstration, which, however, was taking place far enough away that we could not disturb it, Zalewski continued.
In his opinion, “all this was an obvious provocation solely to prevent the MPs of the Republic of Poland from talking to citizens.”
Kluzik-Rostkowska: what if it wasn’t an MP?
Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska also commented on the case.
– What Kinga did yesterday is actually an act of desperation to let people know what PiS is really doing. But I will say this. The police were unlucky because they hit an MP. And if she wasn’t an MP, then what? Does this mean that it is allowed to behave this way towards women? – said Kluzik-Rostkowska.
– This is not the first situation we are dealing with, because many women were treated in a similar way at women’s demonstrations – added the KO representative.
– Regardless of whether it is an MP or not, there are situations in which they exceed their powers. And what happened yesterday was exactly this type of situation. And to be clear, we will continue to tell you what this truth looks like. This was the issue of the visa scandal that Poland has been dealing with for a week, she continued.
Zalewski: the authorities separated themselves from the nation with a police cordon
Zalewski argued that in this “increasingly brutal election campaign, the first victim is the truth.” – And this is also because PiS is doing everything to intensify this campaign, to intensify polarization, because only then will it have a chance – so it believes – to mobilize its electorate and improve its ratings, which have been stagnant for months – he added.
As he continued, the “starting point” of Tuesday’s police intervention was “to prevent the MPs of the Republic of Poland from speaking out.” – For someone to find out what’s going on. So that we could talk to the voters who came there and were not allowed to see Mr. Morawiecki. This is a symbol of the fact that the authorities, which said they would be with the nation, separated themselves from this nation with a police cordon – said the representative of Poland 2050.
Police: the intervention was not an arrest
The Warsaw police said that the intervention against the Civic Coalition MP consisted in “bringing a person suspected of an offense to a police car for identification purposes” and was not an arrest.
“We emphasize that today’s intervention was not an arrest. It consisted in taking a person suspected of an offense to a police car to check his ID. The activities were discontinued immediately after presenting the ID” – this entry was posted on the X platform on Tuesday evening by the Warsaw Police Headquarters.
The Warsaw police previously stated that officers in Otwock were not aware that they were dealing with a parliamentarian. The intervention against MP Gajewska is to be investigated by the KSP control department.
“When the police intervened in Otwock against one of the people, they were not aware that they were dealing with Mrs. MP. Immediately after presenting the MP’s ID card, the ID card activities were discontinued,” the Warsaw Police Headquarters explained immediately after the incident.
It was emphasized that the officers do not know all the people with immunity. “This intervention is the subject of explanations by the Control Department. We emphasize that the police do not know all persons with immunity. They obtain the necessary knowledge only after presenting their ID cards,” we read.
The Warsaw Police publishes the recordings
On Tuesday evening, three video recordings of the intervention against the MP were published on the profile of the Warsaw Police Headquarters. They were all signed in the same way: “We are transparent. Full recording, uncensored, thanks to body-worn cameras that we systematically equip police officers with. Police officers are not obliged to know each of the 460 MPs and 100 senators.”
The first recording shows the moment of intervention against Kinga Gajewska.
The second part of the recording shows the moment the MP was led into the police car.
The third recording included a recording of the intervention inside the police car.
Main photo source: TVN24