Warsaw councilor Jan Strzeżek, a former activist of the Agreement, announced on social media that he had received a notification from the prosecutor’s office about the refusal to initiate an investigation into the Law and Justice spot, which appeared at the end of May. Shots from the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp were used in it. The letter with the prosecutor’s response was published by “Gazeta Wyborcza”. It stated that “the act does not contain the characteristics of a prohibited act”. Strzeżek announced that he would appeal against the investigators’ decision.
May 31 on social media Law and Justice published a spotin which shots from the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and an entry by journalist Tomasz Lis were used. The material was published in the context of the march that went through Warsaw on June 4. “June 4 march is getting closer. Are you sure you want to be there?” – was the entry posted together with the recording on PiS’s Twitter.
The clip was criticized by Auschwitz Museum. At the time, it was written about “a sad, painful and unacceptable manifestation of the moral and intellectual corruption of public debate.”
Strzeżek: the prosecutor’s office refuses to initiate an investigation into the spot
Jan Strzeżek, Warsaw councilor of the Bielany district, former activist party of Jarosław Gowin According to “Gazeta Wyborcza”, he then submitted a notification to the prosecutor’s office in this case. Now he had an answer.
“Do you remember the disgusting PiS spot from Auschwitz? The prosecutor’s office believes it is lawful to use the site of the murder of millions of people for the current political struggle. Today I received a notice of refusal to initiate an investigation. I will definitely file a complaint against this decision (original spelling – ed.) – Strzeżek wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
“The act does not contain the signs of a prohibited act”
“Gazeta Wyborcza” publishes a photograph of a letter from the prosecutor’s office received by a Warsaw councillor. It stated, inter alia, that “the act does not contain the characteristics of a prohibited act”.
The daily describes that Strzeżek, when submitting a letter to the prosecutor’s office, referred to Article 261 of the Penal Code, which says that “whoever insults a monument or other public place arranged to commemorate a historical event or honor a person, is subject to a fine or the penalty of restriction of liberty.”
Whoever insults a monument or other public place decorated to commemorate a historical event or honor a person, shall be subject to a fine or the penalty of restriction of liberty.
“I will appeal because the authorities cannot feel that if they govern, they can do whatever they want,” Strzeżek said in an interview with “Election”.
PiS spot with shots of the concentration camp
On the several-second material, against the background of shots of the concentration camp, the following slogans appeared: “Over 1 million people were murdered in Auschwitz”, “6 million Poles were murdered during the war”.
Then, against the background of the inscription “Arbeit macht frei”, crowning the gate to Auschwitz, there was an entry by journalist Tomasz Lis, who on May 29 tweeted “There will be a chamber for Duda and Duck”. – Are you sure you want to go under this password? the voiceover asked in the spot. At the end of the material, the inscription: “#Marsz4June” was displayed.
On May 30, Tomasz Lis apologized for his entry, which was used in Wednesday’s clip of the ruling party. “I am very sorry for my entry about the ‘chamber’. It is obvious that I was thinking of a cell, but I should have foreseen that people of ill will would adopt an absurd interpretation. I hope that Mr. Duda and Mr. Kaczyński will pay for their crimes against democracy, but after Humanly, I wish them health and a long life,” he wrote.
PiS spot blocked. “Gazeta Wyborcza”: on request of the BBC
In early June, “Wyborcza” reported that the Law and Justice spot was blocked in the party’s social media, and this happened at the request of the British broadcaster BBC. wrote a diary.
tvn24.pl, Gazeta Wyborcza
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