MINELRES: UNITED: Poland: The Extreme Right Takes over Ministry of Education

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Thu May 11 19:43:25 2006

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On 5 May 2006 Roman Giertych, the leader of the extreme-right political
party League of Polish Families (LPR) and of the nationalist youth
organisation All-Polish Youth (MW), was nominated to the post of Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Education.

"It is a disgrace! Our worst worries are coming true" comments Marcin
Kornak, the chairman of the anti-fascist  'NEVER AGAINí Association'.
"The lack of reaction from the politicians to the growing wave of
chauvinism in Poland has led to an extreme nationalist being nominated
to the ministry of education post. We protest against it!"

The newly appointed minister of education is the leader of the
All-Polish Youth and he is going to promote its educational patterns in
Polish schools. The All-Polish Youth draws from the darkest traditions
tainted with extreme nationalism and antisemitism. For years it has
recruited its members from among skinheads. It promotes xenophobia and a
violent rejection of everything that does not match its criteria of
"true Polishness". The All-Polish Youth has been repeatedly accused of
being fascist and the media have published photos of its members (today
MPs for the LPR) rasising hands in the Hitler-salute.

'NEVER AGAINí Association' is an independent organisation that has
monitored racism in Poland since 1996. It publishes Polandís only
anti-fascist journal "NEVER AGAIN" ("NIGDY WIECEJ").
'NEVER AGAIN' is organising protests against the extreme-right takeover
of the Ministry of Education in Poland.
Support them and  send messages of solidarity to:
redakcja@nigdywiecej.org .

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