Dozens of people were arrested in Warsaw yesterday following the police executing a court order granting two-month pre-trial detention of a member of Stop Bzdurom (Stop Bullshit) queer collective Małgorzata Szutowicz (Margot)* concerning a direct action involving alleged damage to a truck driving around Warsaw blasting homophobic hate speech (or indeed, bullshit) from its loudspeakers.
As some of you may have heard, there were presidential elections in Poland on 12th July. They were narrowly won by the current president Andrzej Duda. Duda is a representative of Poland’s far right ruling party Prawo I Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice, PiS). Previously Freedom reported on Andrzej Duda when, together with Polish PM, he
The anarcho-syndicalist international, founded in 2018, looks at workplace struggle in its branches worldwide and calls for the building of new forms of solidarity amid the lockdowns. With the corona crisis, the world has suddenly entered a new phase of intense class struggle. This is impressively documented by a map of (for the most part) wildcat strikes
As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, at early hours of today a group of women occupied the coal mine in Tomoslawice, central Poland. The ongoing occupation begun at 5.30am and so far the women are successfully blocking the mine from operating. The occupation is going smoothly and has met with little to no
The Polish parliament had voted through a new law effectively criminalising hunt sabotage. The law still needs to be approved by Poland’s president, who is unlikely to veto it. According to the new bill, people found “intentionally obstructing a hunt” will be a subject to a punishment of up to one-year imprisonment. The punishment for
Noj Giter-Granatsztajn (aka Sznajder, or Noj Noj Lodzer) was born in 1886 in the central Polish town of Bełchatów. The son of a poor Jewish tailor, from a young age he became involved in labour organising and was an insurgent presence in the then Russian-occupied region. It’s likely that Noj’s father died when he was
CW: bigotry According to media reports and the police, the Gay Pride march in Polish city Lublin could have potentially been a victim of a homemade bomb attack. Lublin city, located some 170 km southeast of Poland’s capital Warsaw, saw The Gay Pride march for the second consecutive year last Saturday. Around 1500 people took
CW: torture, police brutality A court in Warsaw heard an appeal against the prosecutor’s decision to discontinue the investigation regarding two police officers suspected of abuse of power, mistreatment and inhuman treatment of three anarchists following their arrest in May 2016. The court ruled that the case, previously dropped twice by the prosecution, must be
Police have used teargas and arrested 8 people during a protest against the expansion of Krzyszkowice open cast coal mine in southern Poland this morning. The protest is a part of the Obóz dla Klimatu/Climate Camp held between 16th and 21st July in the vicinity of a complex of open cast mines and power stations.
Warsaw University students had successfully blocked a fascist demo held at the gates of the university last Saturday. The far-right protest was formally organised by the Association of Polish Students. It featured a several dozen masked far-right activists from, among them the nationalist All-Polish Youth and neo-fascist magazine “Szturm”. They gathered outside of the university