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Candidate for Polish Senate shouted down on last day of campaign

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Nick Hodge 04.03.2016 17:57
A candidate for the Polish Senate was accused of using an exhibition about her war hero father to canvas votes on the last day of a campaign for a seat in north eastern Poland's Podlaskie region.
Anna Maria Anders on Thursday. Photo: PAP/Artur ReszkoAnna Maria Anders on Thursday. Photo: PAP/Artur Reszko

Anna Maria Anders and Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, both of the Law and Justice party, took part in the opening of an exhibition on Friday at a branch of the State Archives in the town of Suwałki.

However, the speakers were drowned out by a group of hecklers.

“Yes to museum ceremonies, no to rallies here – this is not a place for a political rally,” chanted one of the protesters.

What you are doing is against the law, it is a violation of electoral law,” he continued.

Several of the protesters were sporting stickers representing the Committee for the Defence of Democracy, which was founded shortly after Law and Justice won the 25 October general election.

The exhibition is dedicated to a formation that fought in WWII under General Władyslaw Anders, father of Anna Maria Anders. The so-called Anders Army fought as part of the British 8th Army, playing a key role in the liberation of Italy.

Anders was a great patriot, what you are doing is not patriotic,” another protester declared.

Meanwhile, Anna Maria Anders defended her position.

I'll put it this way, if you are not interested in an exhibition about my father, then you can leave,” she said.

I'm here as my father's daughter,” she added.

The election for the seat in the Senate takes place on Sunday. The current senator – also of Law and Justice – must stand down after being appointed regional governor. On Saturday, candidates must observe the so-called 'electoral silence.'

After World War II, General Władysław Anders lived in England, where the Polish government-in-exile was based. Anna Maria Anders grew up in the UK and later lived in the US. She was unsuccessful in winning a seat in the Senate during the October elections. (nh)

Source: PAP/IAR/wp.pl

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