A motion to ban Razem

Photo source, Adrian Grycuk via Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 3.0 PL)

Neonazi scandal

By the turn of January, after “Superwizjer” covered a birthday party a group of Polish neonazis organised for Adolf Hitler in a forest near Wodzisław Śląski, radicalism was widely discussed in Poland. The uproar led to a handful of requests to ban certain associations and organisations that could promote totalitarism being put forward.

To ban Razem

Similar accusations would sometimes target Razem, alleging that it could be a communist party. A Nowoczesna deputy, Mirosław Suchoń, criticised the party in January – “Shame! A party that reportedly fights for human rights flails a symbol of totalitarian regime and civilisation of crime” – he wrote, prostesting against red flags being used by supporters of “Ratujmy Kobiety” project.

Yesterday Razem reported that the prosecutor’s office is examinig a request to ban the party, which was also confirmed by Viceminister of Justice Michał Woś – “The prosecutor’s office is proceeding a probe that could be terminated with a motion to ban the party on account of promoting communism”.

Activists of the party instantly referenced the statement. Board member of Razem, Adrian Zandberg, dubbed the whole case “an absurd” and suggested that ruling Law and Justice (ECR) wants to silence the opposition they meet from the party. “Razem refers to democratic values, and in no sense does it promote the ideology of totalitarism”, another member, Marcelina Zawisza, assured.

Support from the left wing

Barbara Nowacka’s formation, Inicjatywa Polska, took up the cudgels for Razem – “We consider the accusations targeting Razem outrageous. The prosecutor’s office should take care of the growth of fascism or violence against minorities. It is a concern of ours that fake claims are used to politically outplay one of the left wing parties. We will support our friends in Razem” – the association states.

The prosecutor’s office doings were also why Włodzimierz Czarzasty, the leader of SLD (S&D), criticised Zbigniew Ziobro, the Minister of Justice and First Prosecutor – “Instead of investigating Razem’s legality, I recommend you investigate the legality of the election of new National Judiciary Council”, he advised, pointing out that the body was elected against the Constitution. The SLD’s leader also reached out to Adrian Zandberg – “just in case – I’m at your disposal”, he affirmed.

The SLD’s spokeswoman confirmed her party’s will to help, too. 

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