Polish PM condemns intolerance after nationalists string up MEPs’ portraits
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Monday said that she condemns intolerance after nationalists hung the portraits of six Polish eurodeputies on a mock gallows.
PM Beata Szydło in Budapest. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński
Szydło’s comments came after European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said he would ask her to ensure security for MEPs.
"I strongly condemn acts of aggression, intolerance,” Szydło told reporters in Budapest, where she was taking part in a meeting of 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and China.
During a demonstration on Saturday in Katowice, southern Poland, nationalists hung up the pictures of Polish opposition MEPs who backed a recent European Parliament warning to Warsaw amid concerns in Brussels that the Polish government has eroded the independence of the judiciary and fundamental rights.
Poland’s conservative government has denied that it has undermined the rule of law.
Szydło said she disagreed with critics who claimed police had failed to react to the incident on Saturday. "The police are currently investigating the matter," Szydło said.
Tajani earlier wrote on Twitter: “I will write to PM Beata Szydlo to ensure the security of elected Members of the European Parliament to express their opinions independently, without threat and oppose those who spread hatred by exhibiting outrageous pictures of hanged politicians.”
Szydło said she would assure Tajani that all MEPs in Poland are safe.
She added that she would ask Tajani to call out deputies who “vilify” Poland during debates in the European Parliament.
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Monday that prosecutors would investigate the mock hanging.