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During one of the meetings with the citizens of Silesia, Robert Biedroń was asked about reasons behind his visit. According to his response, “he’s coming to talk about identities, about how diverse our Poland looks.” As he thinks, “Kashubians have very similar problems to Silesians, and Silesians to Kashubians.” He reacts in laughter to a question if it’s a part of a presidential campaign – “yes, I’ve already read some articles saying that this is a kind of presidential campaign, and that I’m going to build my support here.” He confessed, however, that “he doesn’t believe that one politician can solve all the problems.”
Lasting longer than a party
The politician assures that “he believes in civil society”, which meetings like this are supposed to create. As he points out, it “lasts longer than a political party”, and he, as an “opinion leader”, has the power to encourage people to commit and “solve their problems not only by politicians but also through self-engagement.”
Biedroń has also touched upon the problem of “invisible identities”, which exists for Silesians and Kashubians among others. The team he’s arrived in Silesia with, is to help “exchange good practices” so as “Warsaw will finally see the diversity of Poland”, and that “Silesians, as well as Kashubians, have the right to their own regional languages.”
About Nowoczesna (ALDE) project
As the president of Słupsk reckons, the authoress of the Nowoczesna project, which is to acknowledge silesian as a regional language, Monika Rosa, “starts a very interesting chapter in the history of Polish parliamentarism.” He admitted that “he’s cheering her on”. “I hope that Silesian will be a regional language,” he adds.