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Sopot. The sculpture stood for less than a day, vandals destroyed it. 22-year-old Spaniard detained at the airport in Gdańsk

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A 22-year-old Spanish citizen was detained at the Gdańsk airport, who is suspected of destroying the Monument to a Peasant – designed by Daniel Rycharski – which was erected in Sopot. The vandals were registered by city surveillance. Now the young man faces up to 10 years in prison.

Staff officer Lucyna Rekowska from the Municipal Police Headquarters in Sopot told the media that the Border Guard officers in Gdańsk detained a 22-year-old Spaniard at the airport on Sunday. The man was wanted in connection with the destruction of the Monument to the Peasant by Daniel Rycharski.

He flew from Ireland and was taken into police custody

– The man fell into the hands of border guards after arriving from Ireland and was taken into police custody. On Monday, the prosecutor charged him with damaging the sculpture together with two men and applied police supervision and a property surety of PLN 5,000 to him, the policewoman informed.

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Damage to property of significant value is punishable by imprisonment from one to 10 years. The sculpture was valued at over PLN 200,000.

The sculpture stood overnight. It was destroyed “before the vernissage”

The incident took place on January 28 near Plac Zdrojowy in Sopot. The man and his two companions – as recorded by city monitoring – were to destroy the sculpture, which was part of the exhibition “Borders of Art. 30 Years of Passports of Politics”. Before the devastation, it stood in this place for a day.

According to the police, the act of vandalism was carried out by a group of young people. – Police officers secured evidence in the ongoing investigation and established that three citizens are related to the incident Spain Rykowska described.

“Unfortunately, the Monument to the Peasant was destroyed. It arrived yesterday at the State Art Gallery in Sopot as part of the exhibition ‘Borders of Art. 30 Years of Polityka’s Passports’. Unfortunately, someone destroyed it before the vernissage,” Daniel Rycharski, the author of the sculpture, commented on social media at the end of January.

Main photo source: KMP in Sopot

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