The list of those whom our authorities would like to see hurt is pretty long. If the Law and Justice get their claws at you, they will not let go so easily. Their list of enemies includes defiant judges such as Beata Morawiec, Igor Tuleya or Paweł Juszczyszyn, who are being deprived of their immunities, forced to face bizarre allegations and stripped off their dignity by the pro-government propagandists, and prosecutors opposing being kept on Minister Ziobro’s tight leash and posted to work hundreds kilometres away from home by way of punishment. The Polish Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, is also on the list. In an attempt to discredit Mr Bodnar, propagandists did not even hesitate to strike at his child. Such illegitimate actions are blatant examples of a gross misuse of power.
The long-term smear campaign fuelled by politicians and propagandists took the life of Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk, who was assassinated by a hater. To date, his murderer has not been brought to justice, nor has the Law and Justice derived any conclusions from this tragic event. They continue to pursue their vicious path with even more zeal.
Bartosz Kramek and Lyudmyla Kozlovska, his wife, the two activists representing the Open Dialogue Foundation, have been targeted by the ruling party’s special services and propagandists since 2017 when, during protests in defence of independent courts, Mr Kramek published his manifesto encouraging Poles to copy-and-paste the patterns of Ukraine’s Euromaidan. At first, the authorities tried to close down the Foundation, but when they failed, in 2018 Ms Kozlovska was entered on the list of undesirable persons and banned from entry into the Schengen zone, upon the Internal Security Agency’s request. As a consequence, Ms Kozlovska was separated from her husband, who remained in Poland. It fairly quickly transpired that neither Poland’s special services, nor its diplomats, were capable of proving the activist’s alleged links to the Russian intelligence, or any safety hazards she might pose. Despite the objections raised by the Polish authorities, she continued to participate in conferences devoted to the rule of law hosted by several EU parliaments and in 2019 she was granted a residence permit in Belgium. Nevertheless, the state ruled by the Law and Justice does not give up that easily. Unable to hit Kozlovska, they struck at Kramek instead. Last Wednesday, the activist was arrested by the Internal Security Agency on the grounds of alleged financial offences.
I do not know what evidence of Kramek’s wrongdoings the Agency has. Nevertheless, in order to ban Kozlovska from the Schengen zone, they used false documents procured by the Moldavian special services. The state ruled by the Law and Justice has been provoked again. Last year, the activist took part in a nationwide event whose participants stuck up posters depicting Ms Joanna Lichocka, the ruling party’s MP, pointing her middle finger at her parliamentary opponents.
Source: Gazeta Wyborcza